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Low pulmonary expression of epithelial Na(+) channel and Na(+), K(+)-ATPase in newborn infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Cell Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3402-9672
Nordic Centre of Excellence for Research in Water Imbalance Related Disorders (WIRED), Stockholm, Sweden.
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2011 (English)In: Neonatology, ISSN 1661-7800, Vol. 99, no 1, 14-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: It has been suggested from several animal studies and clinical observations that congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) with pulmonary hypoplasia is accompanied by a disturbed perinatal ion transport. This could lead to respiratory distress due to slower clearance of fetal lung fluid at birth.

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine whether CDH is related to changes in the expression of three rate-limiting transporter proteins in lung epithelium at birth.

METHODS: Tracheal aspirate was collected from 12 newborn infants with CDH and from 8 newborn control patients. Sampling was performed at postnatal age 18 and at 43 h in the CDH group and at 18 h in the control group. The protein abundance of α-, β- and γ-epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC), aquaporin 5 and Na(+), K(+)-ATPase α(1) was analyzed using semiquantitative immunoblotting.

RESULTS: The levels of β-ENaC, γ-ENaC and Na(+), K(+)-ATPase α(1) collected at 18 h postnatally were significantly lower in CDH infants compared to control infants. In the CDH group, no significant difference in the expression of the ENaC subunits, Na(+), K(+)-ATPase α(1) or aquaporin 5 could be detected between the two sampling time points.

CONCLUSIONS: This downregulation may result in an abnormal lung fluid absorption which could be an important mechanism behind the respiratory distress seen in newborn CDH patients.

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2011. Vol. 99, no 1, 14-22 p.
Keyword [en]
Aquaporin, Pulmonary hypoplasia, Ion transport, Tracheal aspirate fluid, Perinatal clearance of lung fluid
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Cell Biology Respiratory Medicine and Allergy Pediatrics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-80458DOI: 10.1159/000292503ISI: 000282172800003PubMedID: 20588066ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77953930731OAI: diva2:496380
QC 20120210Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-09 Last updated: 2012-02-10Bibliographically approved

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