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Author Hazari, Mehdi Saeed
Title Neural plasticity following ozone exposure mediates airway hyperresponsiveness
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Descript 252 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-12, Section: B, page: 6362
Adviser: Allen C. Myers
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Johns Hopkins University, 2006
A single exposure to ozone causes airway hyperresponsiveness in guinea pigs that lasts for at least three days and is mediated by the parasympathetic nerves. Mechanisms underlying ozone-induced hyperresponsiveness two and three days after ozone are unknown. These studies test whether neural plasticity, which is a change in the excitability of neurons that may result in functional changes, contributes to hyperresponsiveness in adult guinea pigs two and three days post-ozone. Ozone-exposed guinea pigs were treated with a neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor antagonist or a neurokinin-2 (NK2) receptor antagonist, two and three days after exposure. Bronchoconstriction to vagal stimulation and muscarinic agonists were then measured. Two and three days following ozone, the NK1 receptor antagonist inhibited vagally induced bronchoconstriction, but not bronchoconstriction to methacholine. The NK2 receptor antagonist inhibited bronchoconstriction to methacholine however. Substance P expression was increased in the airway nerves of animals exposed to ozone. These results demonstrate that ozone-induced hyperresponsiveness is mediated by taclrykinins two and three days following exposure to ozone
Nerve growth factor (NGF) stimulates expression of tachykinins during inflammation in the airways. The second set of studies test whether NGF contributes to ozone-induced hyperresponsiveness three days following exposure to ozone. Guinea pigs were pretreated with anti-NGF antibodies (Ab-NGF) one hour prior to ozone exposure. Pretreatment with Ab-NGF inhibited vagally induced bronchoconstriction and bronchoconstriction to methacholine in ozone-exposed animals, and significantly decreased the number of eosinophils recovered in the bronchoalveolar lavage. The results of this study demonstrate that ozone-induced hyperresponsiveness is mediated by NGF and the presence of eosinophils in the airways following exposure to ozone
NGF has acute effects on the excitability of central and peripheral neurons in adult animals. Chapter four addresses experiments that were conducted to determine the acute effects of NGF on the electrophysiological and anatomical properties of airway parasympathetic ganglia neurons. NGF significantly decreased the cumulative spike afterhyperpolarization duration. Synaptic transmission and nicotinic responsiveness were significantly potentiated immediately following treatment with NGF. NGF also significantly increased the dendritic arbor of ganglia neurons. These results demonstrate that NGF increases the excitability of airway parasympathetic ganglia neurons and mediates changes in dendritic arbor in adult guinea pigs. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
School code: 0098
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-12B
Subject Biology, Neuroscience
Biology, Animal Physiology
Health Sciences, Public Health
Alt Author The Johns Hopkins University
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