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Stimulation of Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase translocation to the cell surface increases active Na(+) transport, which is the driving force of alveolar fluid reabsorption, a process necessary to keep the lungs free of edema and to allow normal gas exchange. Here, we provide evidence that insulin increases alveolar fluid reabsorption and Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase activity by(More)
RATIONALE Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is increased in patients with high-altitude pulmonary edema and acute respiratory distress syndrome, and these patients have decreased alveolar fluid reabsorption (AFR). OBJECTIVES To determine whether ET-1 impairs AFR via activation of endothelial cells and nitric oxide (NO) generation. METHODS Isolated perfused rat lung,(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with acute respiratory failure, gas exchange is impaired due to the accumulation of fluid in the lung airspaces. This life-threatening syndrome is treated with mechanical ventilation, which is adjusted to maintain gas exchange, but can be associated with the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the lung. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a(More)
To maintain cellular ATP levels, hypoxia leads to Na,K-ATPase inhibition in a process dependent on reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the activation of AMP-activated kinase α1 (AMPK-α1). We report here that during hypoxia AMPK activation does not require the liver kinase B1 (LKB1) but requires the release of Ca(2+) from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and(More)
The development of nonviral methods for efficient gene transfer to the lung is highly desired for the treatment of several pulmonary diseases. We have developed a noninvasive procedure using electroporation to transfer genes to the lungs of rats. Purified plasmid (100-600 microg) was delivered to the lungs of anesthetized rats through an endotracheal tube,(More)
Hypercapnia (elevated CO(2) levels) occurs as a consequence of poor alveolar ventilation and impairs alveolar fluid reabsorption (AFR) by promoting Na,K-ATPase endocytosis. We studied the mechanisms regulating CO(2)-induced Na,K-ATPase endocytosis in alveolar epithelial cells (AECs) and alveolar epithelial dysfunction in rats. Elevated CO(2) levels caused a(More)
Cysteinyl leukotrienes are increased during acute lung injury in animals and humans. In this study, we determined the effect of leukotriene D4 (LTD4) on the function of Na,K-ATPase in alveolar epithelial cells and on alveolar fluid clearance in rat lungs. LTD4 (1 x 10(-7) M) increased Na,K-ATPase activity at 1 and 5 minutes by 14% (p < 0.05) and 31% (p <(More)
Elevated CO(2) levels (hypercapnia) occur in patients with respiratory diseases and impair alveolar epithelial integrity, in part, by inhibiting Na,K-ATPase function. Here, we examined the role of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in CO(2) signaling in mammalian alveolar epithelial cells as well as in diptera, nematodes and rodent lungs. In alveolar epithelial(More)
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is released by alveolar epithelial cells during ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) and regulates fluid transport across epithelia. High CO(2) levels are observed in patients with "permissive hypercapnia," which inhibits alveolar fluid reabsorption (AFR) in alveolar epithelial cells. The authors set out to determine whether(More)
Hypercapnia has been shown to impair alveolar fluid reabsorption (AFR) by decreasing Na,K-ATPase activity. Extracellular signal-regulated kinase pathway (ERK) is activated under conditions of cellular stress and has been known to regulate the Na,K-ATPase. Here, we show that hypercapnia leads to ERK activation in a time-dependent manner in alveolar(More)