Sodium nitroprusside augments human lung fibroblast collagen gel contraction independently of NO-cGMP pathway

X. D. Liu, C. M. Skold, T. Umino, J. R. Spurzem, D. J. Romberger, S. I. Rennard

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Nitric oxide (NO) relaxes vascular smooth muscle in part through an accumulation of cGMP in the target cells. We hypothesized that a similar effect may also exist on collagen gel contraction mediated by human fetal lung (HFL1) fibroblasts, a model of wound contraction. To evaluate this, HFL1 cells were cultured in three-dimensional type I collagen gels and floated in serum-free DMEM with and without various NO donors. Gel size was measured with an image analyzer. Sodium nitroprusside (SNP, 100 μM) significantly augmented collagen gel contraction by HFL1 cells (78.5 ± 0.8 vs. 58.3 ± 2.1, P < 0.01), whereas S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine, 5-amino-3-(4- morpholinyl)-1,2,3-oxadiazolium chloride, NONOate, and N(G)-monomethyl-L- arginine did not affect the contraction. Sodium ferricyanide, sodium nitrate, or sodium nitrite was not active. The augmentory effect of SNP could not be blocked by 1H-[1,2,4]-oxadiazolo-[4,3-a]-quinoxalin-1-one, whereas it was partially reversed by 8-(4-chlorophenylthio) (CPT)-cGMP. To further explore the mechanisms by which SNP acted, fibronectin and PGE2 production were measured by immunoassay after 2 days of gel contraction. SNP inhibited PGE2 production and increased fibronectin production by HFL1 cells in a concentration-dependent manner. CPT-cGMP had opposite effects on fibronectin and PGE2 production. Addition of exogenous PGE2 blocked SNP-augmented contraction and fibronectin production by HFL1 cells. Therefore, SNP was able to augment human lung fibroblast-mediated collagen gel contraction, an effect that appears to be independent of NO production and not mediated through cGMP. Decreased PGE2 production and augmented fibronectin production may have a role in this effect. These data suggest that human lung fibroblasts in three-dimensional type I collagen gels respond distinctly to SNP by mechanisms unrelated to the NO-cGMP pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L1032-L1038
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number5 22-5
StatePublished - May 2000


  • Guanosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate
  • Nitric oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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