Inhibition of Pendrin by a small molecule reduces Lipopolysaccharide-induced acute Lung Injury

Eun Hye Lee, Mi Hwa Shin, Mia Gi, Jinhong Park, Doona Song, Young Min Hyun, Ji Hwan Ryu, Je Kyung Seong, Yoon Jeon, Gyoonhee Han, Wan Namkung, Moo Suk Park, Jae Young Choi

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Rationale: Pendrin is encoded by SLC26A4 and its mutation leads to congenital hearing loss. Additionally, pendrin is up-regulated in inflammatory airway diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, allergic rhinitis, and asthma. In this study, the effects of a novel pendrin inhibitor, YS-01, were investigated in an LPS-induced acute lung injury (ALI) mice model, and the mechanism underlying the effect of YS-01 was examined. Methods: Lipopolysaccharide (LPS, 10 mg/kg) was intranasally instilled in wild type (WT) and pendrin-null mice. YS-01 (10 mg/kg) was administered intra-peritoneally before or after LPS inhalation. Lung injury parameters were assessed in the lung tissue and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF). Pendrin levels in the BALF of 41 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to pneumonia and 25 control (solitary pulmonary nodule) patients were also measured. Results: LPS instillation induced lung injury in WT mice but not in pendrin-null mice. Pendrin expression was increased by LPS stimulation both in vitro and in vivo. YS-01 treatment dramatically attenuated lung injury and reduced BALF cell counts and protein concentration after LPS instillation in WT mice. Proinflammatory cytokines and NF-κB activation were suppressed by YS-01 treatment in LPS-induced ALI mice. In BALF of patients whose ARDS was caused by pneumonia, pendrin expression was up-regulated compared to that in controls (mean, 24.86 vs. 6.83 ng/mL, P < 0.001). Conclusions: A novel pendrin inhibitor, YS-01, suppressed lung injury in LPS-induced ALI mice and our data provide a new strategy for the treatment of inflammatory airway diseases including sepsis-induced ALI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9913-9922
Number of pages10
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the Korea Healthcare Technology R&D Project, Ministry for Health & Welfare Affairs, Republic of Korea (HI08C2149). This work was also supported by the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (NRF-2014M3A9D5A01073865), and the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (NRF-2015R1D1A 1A01057695, and NRF-2018R1A6A1A03023718). In addition, this study was supported by a faculty research grant from Yonsei University College of Medicine (6-2018-0164) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP)(2020R1A2C3005787).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (miscellaneous)


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