Sep 1, 1989

Bronchoalveolar lavage desmosine in bleomycin-induced lung injury in marmosets and patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome

Experimental Lung Research
S IdellB C Starcher


Measurement of urinary desmosine in experimental models of emphysema has been used to demonstrate elastin catabolism. In order to evaluate the hypothesis that accelerated elastin degradation also occurs in association with acute lung injury characterized by fibrotic repair, we prepared acid hydrolysates of lung lavage (LL) and used a radioimmunoassay for desmosine to measure concentrations of this elastic-specific cross-link in LL. Lavage desmosine (pmol/100 microliter LL) was measured following bleomycin-induced lung injury in marmosets and was shown to be elevated at 1 week (median 6.0, range 5.1-7.8), 2 weeks (8.4, 6.2-8.7), and 4 weeks (7.6, 4.8-7.8) compared to control levels (1.8, 1.4-3.7). Elevations of lavage desmosine after bleomycin were temporarily associated with remodeling of the lung as indicated by increased total lung collagen, reduced diffusing capacity and lung compliance, and histologic evidence of pulmonary fibrosis. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) desmosine was measured in patients with the Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and compared with patients at risk, patients with other interstitial lung diseases, and normal healthy controls. BAL desmosine (pmol/100 microliters) was not significantly differen...Continue Reading

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Pulmonary Emphysema
Pulmonary Fibrosis
Bronchoalveolar Lavage
Elastin Catabolic Process
Pathological Accumulation of Air in Tissues
Cutis Laxa
Entire Lower Respiratory Tract (Body Structure)

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