Malgorzata Wygrecka

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The receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) is a transmembrane receptor of the Ig superfamily. While vascular RAGE expression is associated with kidney and liver fibrosis, high expression levels of RAGE are found under physiological conditions in the lung. In this study, RAGE expression in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis was assessed, and the(More)
BACKGROUND Alterations to pulmonary surfactant composition have been encountered in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). However, only few data are available regarding the time-course and duration of surfactant changes in ARDS patients, although this information may largely influence the optimum design of clinical trials addressing surfactant(More)
Extracellular nucleic acids play important roles in human immunity and hemostasis by inducing IFN production, entrapping pathogens in neutrophil extracellular traps, and providing procoagulant cofactor templates for induced contact activation during mammalian blood clotting. In this study, we investigated the functions of extracellular RNA and DNA in innate(More)
Cell surface-associated proteolysis mediated by plasmin (PLA) is an essential feature of wound healing, angiogenesis and cell invasion, processes that are dysregulated in cancer development, progression and systemic spread. The generation of PLA, initiated by the binding of its precursor plasminogen (PLG) to the cell surface, is regulated by an array of(More)
Prematurely born infants who require oxygen therapy often develop bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a debilitating disorder characterized by pronounced alveolar hypoplasia. Hyperoxic injury is believed to disrupt critical signaling pathways that direct lung development, causing BPD. We investigated the effects of normobaric hyperoxia on transforming growth(More)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and fatal disease for which no effective therapy exists to date. To identify the molecular mechanisms underlying IPF, we performed comparative proteome analysis of lung tissue from patients with sporadic IPF (n = 14) and human donor lungs (controls, n = 10) using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and(More)
Mast cell (MC) accumulation has been demonstrated in the lungs of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients. Mediators released from MCs may regulate tissue remodeling processes, thereby contributing to IPF pathogenesis. We investigated the role of MC-fibroblast interaction in the progression of lung fibrosis. Increased numbers of activated MCs, in close(More)
TGF-β is a pathogenic factor in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a condition characterized by alveolar edema. A unique TGF-β pathway is described, which rapidly promoted internalization of the αβγ epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) complex from the alveolar epithelial cell surface, leading to persistence of pulmonary edema. TGF-β(More)
RATIONALE Activation of the coagulation cascade has been demonstrated in pulmonary fibrosis. In addition to its procoagulant function, various coagulation proteases exhibit cellular effects that may also contribute to fibrotic processes in the lung. OBJECTIVE To investigate the importance of protease-activated receptor (PAR)-2 and its activators,(More)
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a life-threatening disorder that is characterized by pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cell (PASMC) hyperplasia. Until now, little was been known about early changes that underlie the manifestation of PH. To characterize these early changes, we performed whole-genome microarray analysis of lungs from mice exposed to either 24(More)