Age-related differences in cigarette smoke extract-induced H 2O 2 production by lung endothelial cells

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Cigarette smoke causes oxidative stress in the lung resulting in injury and disease. The purpose of this study was to determine if there were age-related differences in cigarette smoke extract (CSE)-induced production of reactive species in single and co-cultures of alveolar epithelial type I (AT I) cells and microvascular endothelial cells harvested from the lungs (MVECLs) of neonatal, young and old male Fischer 344 rats. Cultures of AT I cells and MVECLs grown separately (single culture) and together (co-culture) were exposed to CSE (1, 10, 50, 100%). Cultures were assayed for the production of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), hydroxyl radical (OH), peroxynitrite (ONOO -), nitric oxide (NO) and extracellular hydrogen peroxide (H 2O 2). Single and co-cultures of AT I cells and MVECLs from all three ages produced minimal intracellular ROS in response to CSE. All ages of MVECLs produced H 2O 2 in response to CSE, but young MVECLs produced significantly less H 2O 2 compared to neonatal and old MVECLs. Interestingly, when grown as a co-culture with age-matched AT I cells, neonatal and old MVECLs demonstrated ~50% reduction in H 2O 2 production in response to CSE. However, H 2O 2 production in young MVECLs grown as a co-culture with young AT I cells did not change with CSE exposure. To begin investigating for a potential mechanism to explain the reduction in H 2O 2 production in the co-cultures, we evaluated single and co-cultures for extracellular total antioxidant capacity. We also performed gene expression profiling specific to oxidant and anti-oxidant pathways. The total antioxidant capacity of the AT I cell supernatant was ~5 times greater than that of the MVECLs, and when grown as a co-culture and exposed to CSE (≥10%), the total antioxidant capacity of the supernatant was reduced by ~50%. There were no age-related differences in total antioxidant capacity of the cell supernatants. Gene expression profiling found eight genes to be significantly up-regulated or down-regulated. This is the first study to describe age-related differences in MVECLs exposed to CSE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-317
Number of pages7
JournalMicrovascular Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cell Biology

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