Hepatic Shunting of Eggs and Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling in Bmpr2(+/-) Mice with Schistosomiasis.


RATIONALE Schistosomiasis is a major cause of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Mutations in the bone morphogenetic protein type-II receptor (BMPR-II) are the commonest genetic cause of PAH. OBJECTIVES To determine whether Bmpr2(+/-) mice are more susceptible to schistosomiasis-induced pulmonary vascular remodeling. METHODS Wild-type (WT) and Bmpr2(+/-) mice were infected percutaneously with Schistosoma mansoni. At 17 weeks postinfection, right ventricular systolic pressure and liver and lung egg counts were measured. Serum, lung and liver cytokine, pulmonary vascular remodeling, and liver histology were assessed. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS By 17 weeks postinfection, there was a significant increase in pulmonary vascular remodeling in infected mice. This was greater in Bmpr2(+/-) mice and was associated with an increase in egg deposition and cytokine expression, which induced pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cell proliferation, in the lungs of these mice. Interestingly, Bmpr2(+/-) mice demonstrated dilatation of the hepatic central vein at baseline and postinfection, compared with WT. Bmpr2(+/-) mice also showed significant dilatation of the liver sinusoids and an increase in inflammatory cells surrounding the central hepatic vein, compared with WT. This is consistent with an increase in the transhepatic passage of eggs. CONCLUSIONS This study has shown that levels of BMPR-II expression modify the pulmonary vascular response to chronic schistosomiasis. The likely mechanism involves the increased passage of eggs to the lungs, caused by altered diameter of the hepatic veins and sinusoids in Bmpr2(+/-) mice. Genetically determined differences in the remodeling of hepatic vessels may represent a new risk factor for PAH associated with schistosomiasis.

DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201412-2262OC


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@article{Crosby2015HepaticSO, title={Hepatic Shunting of Eggs and Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling in Bmpr2(+/-) Mice with Schistosomiasis.}, author={Alexi Crosby and Elaine Soon and Frances M. Jones and Mark R Southwood and Leila Haghighat and Mark R. Toshner and Tim Raine and Ian P Horan and Peiran Yang and Stephen D. Moore and Elisabet Ferrer and Penny Wright and Mark L. Ormiston and Richard J. White and Deborah A Haight and David W. Dunne and Nicholas W . Morrell}, journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine}, year={2015}, volume={192 11}, pages={1355-65} }