Heterogeneity of bronchial endothelial cell permeability

Aigul Moldobaeva, Elizabeth M. Wagner

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In vivo models of airway inflammation suggest that most protein transudation occurs from bronchial microcirculation. However, due to technical limitations in the isolation and culture of bronchial endothelial cells, most studies of lung vascular permeability have focused on pulmonary endothelium. Thus conditions for culture of sheep bronchial artery endothelial cells (BAEC) and bronchial microvascular endothelial cells (BMVEC) were established. The bronchial artery and the mainstem bronchi, stripped of epithelium, were dissected, and endothelial cells were isolated by enzymatic treatment. BAEC and BMVEC demonstrated positive staining for factor VIII-related antigen, 1,1′-dioctadecyl-3,3,3′,3′-tetramethylindocarbocyanine perchlorate-labeled low-density lipoprotein, and PECAM-1. Radioligand binding studies confirmed equivalent numbers of bradykinin B2 receptors on BAEC and BMVEC. Permeability of BAEC and BMVEC was determined after treatment with bradykinin and thrombin by comparing the translocation of FITC-dextran (mol wt 9,500) across confluent monolayers (n = 10-12). Bradykinin caused a maximal increase in permeability in BAEC (165% increase) and BMVEC (144% increase) by 15 min compared with vehicle controls. Thrombin treatment altered BMVEC permeability only, reaching a maximal response at 60 min (109% increase). These results demonstrate bronchial endothelial cell heterogeneity and establish methods to determine intracellular mechanisms contributing to airway disease in relevant cell systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L520-L527
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number3 27-3
StatePublished - Sep 2002


  • Bradykinin
  • Bronchial microvasculature
  • Fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled dextran
  • Sheep
  • Thrombin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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