Lung fibroblasts produce chemotactic factors for bronchial epithelial cells

S. Shoji, K. A. Rickard, R. F. Ertl, J. Linder, S. I. Rennard

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The interaction between the epithelial cells and the subjacent mesenchymal cells in the airway is thought to play a major role during tissue repair and morphogenesis. To evaluate this interaction, we cultured human lung fibroblasts and bovine bronchial epithelial cells and determined that fibroblast-conditioned medium has chemotactic activity for bronchial epithelial cells. This activity was nondialyzable, heat labile, pepsin labile, acid stable, lipid inextractable, and eluted from Sephadex G-150 column chromatography in the high-molecular-weight range. DEAE-Sephacyl ion exchange and gelatin Sepharose affinity chromatography revealed two peaks containing chemotactic activity, one of which may be fibronectin, since it binds to gelatin, reacts in a specific immunoassay, and is inhibited of chemotactic activity by anti-fibronectin antiserum, and another of which does not appear to be fibronectin, since it does not bind to gelatin nor react in the immunoassay. Thus lung fibroblasts can produce at least two chemotactic factors for bronchial epithelial cells that may play a role during lung tissue repair and morphogenesis by modulating bronchial epithelial cell migration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1/1
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cell Biology

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