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Bronchial epithelial spheroids: an alternative culture model to investigate epithelium inflammation-mediated COPD.

Deslee G, Dury S, Perotin JM, Al Alam D, Vitry F, Boxio R, Gangloff SC, Guenounou M, Lebargy F, Belaaouaj A - Respir. Res. (2007)

Bottom Line: The ciliary beat frequency of ciliated cells was not significantly different between the two groups.BES released the inflammatory mediators IL-8, PGE2 and LTB4 constitutively and following exposure to LPS.This study provides for the first time a compelling evidence that the BES model provides an unaltered bronchial surface epithelium.

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Affiliation: Service des Maladies Respiratoires, Hôpital Maison Blanche, CHU de REIMS, France. gdeslee@chu-reims.fr

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Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by abnormal lung inflammation that exceeds the protective response. Various culture models using epithelial cell lines or primary cells have been used to investigate the contribution of bronchial epithelium in the exaggerated inflammation of COPD. However, these models do not mimic in vivo situations for several reasons (e.g, transformed epithelial cells, protease-mediated dissociation of primary cells, etc.). To circumvent these concerns, we developed a new epithelial cell culture model.

Methods: Using non transformed non dissociated bronchial epithelium obtained by bronchial brushings from COPD and non-COPD smokers, we developed a 3-dimensional culture model, bronchial epithelial spheroids (BES). BES were analyzed by videomicroscopy, light microscopy, immunofluorescence, and transmission electron microscopy. We also compared the inflammatory responses of COPD and non-COPD BES. In our study, we chose to stimulate BES with lipopolycaccharide (LPS) and measured the release of the pro-inflammatory mediators interleukin-8 (IL-8) and leukotriene B4 (LTB4) and the anti-inflammatory mediator prostaglandin E2 (PGE2).

Results: BES obtained from both COPD and non-COPD patients were characterized by a polarized bronchial epithelium with tight junctions and ciliary beating, composed of basal cells, secretory cells and ciliated cells. The ciliary beat frequency of ciliated cells was not significantly different between the two groups. Of interest, BES retained their characteristic features in culture up to 8 days. BES released the inflammatory mediators IL-8, PGE2 and LTB4 constitutively and following exposure to LPS. Interestingly, LPS induced a higher release of IL-8, but not PGE2 and LTB4 in COPD BES (p < 0.001) which correlated with lung function changes.

Conclusion: This study provides for the first time a compelling evidence that the BES model provides an unaltered bronchial surface epithelium. More importantly, BES represent an attractive culture model to investigate the mechanisms of injuring agents that mediate epithelial cell inflammation and its contribution to COPD pathogenesis.

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Morphology of bronchial epithelial spheroids. Bronchial sheets were sampled by brushings from COPD and non-COPD patients. (A) Videomicroscopy (see video online) shows bronchial epithelial sheets-derived spheroids. (B,C) Circular pseudostratified epithelium with columnar ciliated cells facing outside, and small pyramidal basal cells. Note, the presence of a central lumen. (D,E,F) Cohesive epithelial cells with close interdigitations and cilia facing outside. (G) Phenotypic and structural characteristics of spheroids were maintained up to 8 days. Micrographs are representative of spheroids obtained from COPD and non-COPD patients (n = 11). A, ×10; B, ×40,C, ×80; D, ×800; E, ×3000; F, ×5000; G, ×800. BC, basal cells; CC, ciliated cells; Cil., cilia; arrow indicates cell interdigitations.
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Figure 1: Morphology of bronchial epithelial spheroids. Bronchial sheets were sampled by brushings from COPD and non-COPD patients. (A) Videomicroscopy (see video online) shows bronchial epithelial sheets-derived spheroids. (B,C) Circular pseudostratified epithelium with columnar ciliated cells facing outside, and small pyramidal basal cells. Note, the presence of a central lumen. (D,E,F) Cohesive epithelial cells with close interdigitations and cilia facing outside. (G) Phenotypic and structural characteristics of spheroids were maintained up to 8 days. Micrographs are representative of spheroids obtained from COPD and non-COPD patients (n = 11). A, ×10; B, ×40,C, ×80; D, ×800; E, ×3000; F, ×5000; G, ×800. BC, basal cells; CC, ciliated cells; Cil., cilia; arrow indicates cell interdigitations.

Mentions: Non dissociated epithelial sheets obtained by bronchial brushings formed rapidly and spontaneously free-floating bronchial epithelial spheroids (BES) rolling in the culture medium (Fig. 1A, videomicroscopy). This 3-dimensional structure consisted of a circular pseudostratified epithelium containing columnar cells with cilia facing outside, and small pyramidal cells with a low cytoplasmic/nuclear ratio (Fig. 1B,C,D,E). Tight cell-cell junctions and interdigitations were maintained in BES (Fig. 1F). A central lumen was present in most BES. Of interest, BES were maintained in culture up to 8 days without any noticeable cell disaggregation. Structurally, BES cultured for 1 (Fig. 1D–F) or 8 (Fig. 1G) days showed similar features.


Bronchial epithelial spheroids: an alternative culture model to investigate epithelium inflammation-mediated COPD.

Deslee G, Dury S, Perotin JM, Al Alam D, Vitry F, Boxio R, Gangloff SC, Guenounou M, Lebargy F, Belaaouaj A - Respir. Res. (2007)

Morphology of bronchial epithelial spheroids. Bronchial sheets were sampled by brushings from COPD and non-COPD patients. (A) Videomicroscopy (see video online) shows bronchial epithelial sheets-derived spheroids. (B,C) Circular pseudostratified epithelium with columnar ciliated cells facing outside, and small pyramidal basal cells. Note, the presence of a central lumen. (D,E,F) Cohesive epithelial cells with close interdigitations and cilia facing outside. (G) Phenotypic and structural characteristics of spheroids were maintained up to 8 days. Micrographs are representative of spheroids obtained from COPD and non-COPD patients (n = 11). A, ×10; B, ×40,C, ×80; D, ×800; E, ×3000; F, ×5000; G, ×800. BC, basal cells; CC, ciliated cells; Cil., cilia; arrow indicates cell interdigitations.
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Figure 1: Morphology of bronchial epithelial spheroids. Bronchial sheets were sampled by brushings from COPD and non-COPD patients. (A) Videomicroscopy (see video online) shows bronchial epithelial sheets-derived spheroids. (B,C) Circular pseudostratified epithelium with columnar ciliated cells facing outside, and small pyramidal basal cells. Note, the presence of a central lumen. (D,E,F) Cohesive epithelial cells with close interdigitations and cilia facing outside. (G) Phenotypic and structural characteristics of spheroids were maintained up to 8 days. Micrographs are representative of spheroids obtained from COPD and non-COPD patients (n = 11). A, ×10; B, ×40,C, ×80; D, ×800; E, ×3000; F, ×5000; G, ×800. BC, basal cells; CC, ciliated cells; Cil., cilia; arrow indicates cell interdigitations.
Mentions: Non dissociated epithelial sheets obtained by bronchial brushings formed rapidly and spontaneously free-floating bronchial epithelial spheroids (BES) rolling in the culture medium (Fig. 1A, videomicroscopy). This 3-dimensional structure consisted of a circular pseudostratified epithelium containing columnar cells with cilia facing outside, and small pyramidal cells with a low cytoplasmic/nuclear ratio (Fig. 1B,C,D,E). Tight cell-cell junctions and interdigitations were maintained in BES (Fig. 1F). A central lumen was present in most BES. Of interest, BES were maintained in culture up to 8 days without any noticeable cell disaggregation. Structurally, BES cultured for 1 (Fig. 1D–F) or 8 (Fig. 1G) days showed similar features.

Bottom Line: The ciliary beat frequency of ciliated cells was not significantly different between the two groups.BES released the inflammatory mediators IL-8, PGE2 and LTB4 constitutively and following exposure to LPS.This study provides for the first time a compelling evidence that the BES model provides an unaltered bronchial surface epithelium.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Service des Maladies Respiratoires, Hôpital Maison Blanche, CHU de REIMS, France. gdeslee@chu-reims.fr

ABSTRACT

Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by abnormal lung inflammation that exceeds the protective response. Various culture models using epithelial cell lines or primary cells have been used to investigate the contribution of bronchial epithelium in the exaggerated inflammation of COPD. However, these models do not mimic in vivo situations for several reasons (e.g, transformed epithelial cells, protease-mediated dissociation of primary cells, etc.). To circumvent these concerns, we developed a new epithelial cell culture model.

Methods: Using non transformed non dissociated bronchial epithelium obtained by bronchial brushings from COPD and non-COPD smokers, we developed a 3-dimensional culture model, bronchial epithelial spheroids (BES). BES were analyzed by videomicroscopy, light microscopy, immunofluorescence, and transmission electron microscopy. We also compared the inflammatory responses of COPD and non-COPD BES. In our study, we chose to stimulate BES with lipopolycaccharide (LPS) and measured the release of the pro-inflammatory mediators interleukin-8 (IL-8) and leukotriene B4 (LTB4) and the anti-inflammatory mediator prostaglandin E2 (PGE2).

Results: BES obtained from both COPD and non-COPD patients were characterized by a polarized bronchial epithelium with tight junctions and ciliary beating, composed of basal cells, secretory cells and ciliated cells. The ciliary beat frequency of ciliated cells was not significantly different between the two groups. Of interest, BES retained their characteristic features in culture up to 8 days. BES released the inflammatory mediators IL-8, PGE2 and LTB4 constitutively and following exposure to LPS. Interestingly, LPS induced a higher release of IL-8, but not PGE2 and LTB4 in COPD BES (p < 0.001) which correlated with lung function changes.

Conclusion: This study provides for the first time a compelling evidence that the BES model provides an unaltered bronchial surface epithelium. More importantly, BES represent an attractive culture model to investigate the mechanisms of injuring agents that mediate epithelial cell inflammation and its contribution to COPD pathogenesis.

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