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Pleiotropic effect of the proton pump inhibitor esomeprazole leading to suppression of lung inflammation and fibrosis.

Ghebremariam YT, Cooke JP, Gerhart W, Griego C, Brower JB, Doyle-Eisele M, Moeller BC, Zhou Q, Ho L, de Andrade J, Raghu G, Peterson L, Rivera A, Rosen GD - J Transl Med (2015)

Bottom Line: The antioxidant effect is associated with strong induction of the stress-inducible cytoprotective protein heme oxygenase-1 (HO1) and the antifibrotic effect is associated with potent inhibition of fibroblast proliferation as well as downregulation of profibrotic proteins including receptors for transforming growth factor β (TGFβ), fibronectin and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs).Furthermore, esomeprazole showed robust effect in mitigating the inflammatory and fibrotic responses in a murine model of acute lung injury.Finally, retrospective analysis of two ILD databases was performed to assess the effect of PPIs on transplant-free survival in IPF patients.

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Affiliation: Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Houston Methodist Research Institute, 6670 Bertner Ave, R10-111, Houston, TX, 77030, USA. ytghebremariam@tmhs.org.

ABSTRACT

Background: The beneficial outcome associated with the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) has been reported in retrospective studies. To date, no prospective study has been conducted to confirm these outcomes. In addition, the potential mechanism by which PPIs improve measures of lung function and/or transplant-free survival in IPF has not been elucidated.

Methods: Here, we used biochemical, cell biological and preclinical studies to evaluate regulation of markers associated with inflammation and fibrosis. In our in vitro studies, we exposed primary lung fibroblasts, epithelial and endothelial cells to ionizing radiation or bleomycin; stimuli typically used to induce inflammation and fibrosis. In addition, we cultured lung fibroblasts from IPF patients and studied the effect of esomeprazole on collagen release. Our preclinical study tested efficacy of esomeprazole in a rat model of bleomycin-induced lung injury. Furthermore, we performed retrospective analysis of interstitial lung disease (ILD) databases to examine the effect of PPIs on transplant-free survival.

Results: The cell culture studies revealed that esomeprazole controls inflammation by suppressing the expression of pro-inflammatory molecules including vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, inducible nitric oxide synthase, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and interleukins (IL-1β and IL-6). The antioxidant effect is associated with strong induction of the stress-inducible cytoprotective protein heme oxygenase-1 (HO1) and the antifibrotic effect is associated with potent inhibition of fibroblast proliferation as well as downregulation of profibrotic proteins including receptors for transforming growth factor β (TGFβ), fibronectin and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Furthermore, esomeprazole showed robust effect in mitigating the inflammatory and fibrotic responses in a murine model of acute lung injury. Finally, retrospective analysis of two ILD databases was performed to assess the effect of PPIs on transplant-free survival in IPF patients. Intriguingly, this data demonstrated that IPF patients on PPIs had prolonged survival over controls (median survival of 3.4 vs 2 years).

Conclusions: Overall, these data indicate the possibility that PPIs may have protective function in IPF by directly modulating the disease process and suggest that they may have other clinical utility in the treatment of extra-intestinal diseases characterized by inflammatory and/or fibrotic phases.

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TUNEL-stained lung tissue sections showing inhibition of DNA fragmentation (shown in red) by the PPI esomeprazole. Animals injured by bleomycin instillation were treated with vehicle or esomeprazole (prophylactic) prior to sacrifice and staining for DNA fragmentation. Representative images are shown. The nuclei are stained with DAPI. DAPI 4′,6-Diamidino-2-Phenylindole.
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Fig9: TUNEL-stained lung tissue sections showing inhibition of DNA fragmentation (shown in red) by the PPI esomeprazole. Animals injured by bleomycin instillation were treated with vehicle or esomeprazole (prophylactic) prior to sacrifice and staining for DNA fragmentation. Representative images are shown. The nuclei are stained with DAPI. DAPI 4′,6-Diamidino-2-Phenylindole.

Mentions: Excessive destruction of resident cells is in part responsible for pathological remodeling of the lungs following injury. As such, protection against the death of lung epithelial cells has been proposed as a therapeutic strategy in IPF [38]. Accordingly, we evaluated the effect of esomeprazole in protecting resident lung cells from apoptosis induced by bleomycin injury. Interestingly, esomeprazole nearly abolished the apoptosis of resident lung cells as shown by reduced staining of TUNEL-based DNA fragmentation (Fig. 9, Additional file 1: Figure S5). Furthermore, double staining of the lung tissue for the pro-apoptotic marker p53 and the epithelial cell specific surfactant protein marker proSP-C showed that the apoptosis of epithelial cells is significantly reduced upon treatment with esomeprazole (Additional file 1: Figure S6).Fig. 9


Pleiotropic effect of the proton pump inhibitor esomeprazole leading to suppression of lung inflammation and fibrosis.

Ghebremariam YT, Cooke JP, Gerhart W, Griego C, Brower JB, Doyle-Eisele M, Moeller BC, Zhou Q, Ho L, de Andrade J, Raghu G, Peterson L, Rivera A, Rosen GD - J Transl Med (2015)

TUNEL-stained lung tissue sections showing inhibition of DNA fragmentation (shown in red) by the PPI esomeprazole. Animals injured by bleomycin instillation were treated with vehicle or esomeprazole (prophylactic) prior to sacrifice and staining for DNA fragmentation. Representative images are shown. The nuclei are stained with DAPI. DAPI 4′,6-Diamidino-2-Phenylindole.
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Fig9: TUNEL-stained lung tissue sections showing inhibition of DNA fragmentation (shown in red) by the PPI esomeprazole. Animals injured by bleomycin instillation were treated with vehicle or esomeprazole (prophylactic) prior to sacrifice and staining for DNA fragmentation. Representative images are shown. The nuclei are stained with DAPI. DAPI 4′,6-Diamidino-2-Phenylindole.
Mentions: Excessive destruction of resident cells is in part responsible for pathological remodeling of the lungs following injury. As such, protection against the death of lung epithelial cells has been proposed as a therapeutic strategy in IPF [38]. Accordingly, we evaluated the effect of esomeprazole in protecting resident lung cells from apoptosis induced by bleomycin injury. Interestingly, esomeprazole nearly abolished the apoptosis of resident lung cells as shown by reduced staining of TUNEL-based DNA fragmentation (Fig. 9, Additional file 1: Figure S5). Furthermore, double staining of the lung tissue for the pro-apoptotic marker p53 and the epithelial cell specific surfactant protein marker proSP-C showed that the apoptosis of epithelial cells is significantly reduced upon treatment with esomeprazole (Additional file 1: Figure S6).Fig. 9

Bottom Line: The antioxidant effect is associated with strong induction of the stress-inducible cytoprotective protein heme oxygenase-1 (HO1) and the antifibrotic effect is associated with potent inhibition of fibroblast proliferation as well as downregulation of profibrotic proteins including receptors for transforming growth factor β (TGFβ), fibronectin and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs).Furthermore, esomeprazole showed robust effect in mitigating the inflammatory and fibrotic responses in a murine model of acute lung injury.Finally, retrospective analysis of two ILD databases was performed to assess the effect of PPIs on transplant-free survival in IPF patients.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Houston Methodist Research Institute, 6670 Bertner Ave, R10-111, Houston, TX, 77030, USA. ytghebremariam@tmhs.org.

ABSTRACT

Background: The beneficial outcome associated with the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) has been reported in retrospective studies. To date, no prospective study has been conducted to confirm these outcomes. In addition, the potential mechanism by which PPIs improve measures of lung function and/or transplant-free survival in IPF has not been elucidated.

Methods: Here, we used biochemical, cell biological and preclinical studies to evaluate regulation of markers associated with inflammation and fibrosis. In our in vitro studies, we exposed primary lung fibroblasts, epithelial and endothelial cells to ionizing radiation or bleomycin; stimuli typically used to induce inflammation and fibrosis. In addition, we cultured lung fibroblasts from IPF patients and studied the effect of esomeprazole on collagen release. Our preclinical study tested efficacy of esomeprazole in a rat model of bleomycin-induced lung injury. Furthermore, we performed retrospective analysis of interstitial lung disease (ILD) databases to examine the effect of PPIs on transplant-free survival.

Results: The cell culture studies revealed that esomeprazole controls inflammation by suppressing the expression of pro-inflammatory molecules including vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, inducible nitric oxide synthase, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and interleukins (IL-1β and IL-6). The antioxidant effect is associated with strong induction of the stress-inducible cytoprotective protein heme oxygenase-1 (HO1) and the antifibrotic effect is associated with potent inhibition of fibroblast proliferation as well as downregulation of profibrotic proteins including receptors for transforming growth factor β (TGFβ), fibronectin and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Furthermore, esomeprazole showed robust effect in mitigating the inflammatory and fibrotic responses in a murine model of acute lung injury. Finally, retrospective analysis of two ILD databases was performed to assess the effect of PPIs on transplant-free survival in IPF patients. Intriguingly, this data demonstrated that IPF patients on PPIs had prolonged survival over controls (median survival of 3.4 vs 2 years).

Conclusions: Overall, these data indicate the possibility that PPIs may have protective function in IPF by directly modulating the disease process and suggest that they may have other clinical utility in the treatment of extra-intestinal diseases characterized by inflammatory and/or fibrotic phases.

No MeSH data available.


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