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Slilica, Hyaluronate, and Alveolar Macrophage Functional Differentiation
  1. Maria Bodo,
  2. Silvia Bellocchio,
  3. Catia Bellucci,
  4. Stefania Balloni,
  5. Donatella Pietrella,
  6. Giovanni Sbaraglia,
  7. Giacomo Muzi,
  8. Cinzia Lilli,
  9. Alessandro Lumare,
  10. Marco Dell'Omo,
  11. Giuseppe Abbritti
  1. From the Histology Section (M.B., S.B., C.B., S.P.), Faculty of Medicine, University of Perugia, Italy; Microbiology Section (D.P., G.S.), Faculty of Medicine, University of Perugia, Italy; and the Department of Occupational Medicine (G.M., A.L., M.D., G.A.), Faculty of Medicine, University of Perugia, Italy.
  2. The first and the second author contributed equally to the project.
  1. This work was supported by grants from the Ministero dell' Università e della Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica (MIUR) and Cassa Risparmio Foundation-Perugia (SA172901 project).
  2. Address correspondence to: Dr. Maria Bodo, Sezione di Istologia, via del Giochetto, 06126 Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia, Italia, Tel: + (39) 755857632; fax: + (39) 755857434; e-mail: bodo{at}


Background Silicosis is mediated by macrophages, their soluble mediators, and extracellular matrix molecules. In this study, we investigated the effects of silica and/or hyaluronate (HA) on several alveolar macrophage responses.

Methods We evaluated glycosaminoglycan (GAG) production by radiolabeled precursors, nitric oxide (NO) release by its oxidation product, phagocytic activity by Candida albicans internalization, and the secretion of two fibrogenic cytokines, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β, by specific assays.

Results Silica significantly reduced GAG secretion, particularly HA secretion. Alone, it decreased Candida uptake; associated with HA, it enhanced the reduction. Silica and Candida reduced NO release, which was not significantly affected when silica- or Candida-exposed cells were also treated with HA. TNF-α and TGF-β activities were stimulated by silica but reduced by HA.

Conclusions The results suggest that silica and HA modify alveolar macrophage functional differentiation. Silica- and HA-induced modifications of the microenvironment could determine whether the response proceeds toward healing and repair or toward lung chronic pathology.

Key Words
  • NR8383 cell lines
  • silica particles
  • extracellular matrix
  • nitric oxide
  • Candida
  • phagocytosis
  • fibrogenic cytokines

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