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Effects of lecithinized superoxide dismutase and/or pirfenidone against bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis.
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PMID:  22459774     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Backgrounds:Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) involves lung injury induced by reactive oxygen species (ROS), such as superoxide anion, and fibrosis. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) catalyses the dismutation of superoxide anion to hydrogen peroxide. We recently reported that inhalation of lecithinized SOD (PC-SOD) ameliorated bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis. We here studied effects of PC-SOD on bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis and lung dysfunction, and compared the results to those obtained with pirfenidone, a newly developed drug for IPF. METHODS:Lung mechanics (elastance) and respiratory function (forced vital capacity, FVC) were assessed using a computer-controlled ventilator. Respiratory function was evaluated by monitoring percutaneous arterial oxygen saturation (SpO(2)). RESULTS:Both inhalation of PC-SOD and oral administration of pirfenidone ameliorated bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis and changes in lung mechanics. Administration of bleomycin produced a decrease in both FVC and SpO(2). PC-SOD treatment led to significant recovery of both parameters, whereas pirfenidone resulted in improved only SpO(2). PC-SOD suppressed the bleomycin-induced pulmonary inflammatory response and production of superoxide anions in the lung more effectively than pirfenidone. Furthermore, both PC-SOD and pirfenidone produced a therapeutic effect even when the drug was administered after the development of fibrosis. PC-SOD and pirfenidone also produced a synergistic therapeutic effect. CONCLUSIONS:These results suggest that the superior activity of PC-SOD to pirfenidone against bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis and lung dysfunction is due to its unique anti-oxidant activity. We propose that treatment of IPF with a combination of PC-SOD and pirfenidone could be therapeutically beneficial.
Ken-Ichiro Tanaka; Arata Azuma; Yuri Miyazaki; Keizo Sato; Tohru Mizushima
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1931-3543     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
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Created Date:  2012-3-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Keio University, Tokyo 105-8512, Japan;
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