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Developmental regulation of molecular signalling in fetal and neonatal diaphragm protein metabolism


Song, Y and Pillow, JJ, Developmental regulation of molecular signalling in fetal and neonatal diaphragm protein metabolism, Experimental Biology and Medicine, 238, (8) Article 913-922. ISSN 1535-3702 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1535370213494562


Structural and functional immaturity of the preterm diaphragm predisposes the preterm baby to respiratory muscle weakness and consequent impaired efficiency of spontaneous respiration, potentially necessitating mechanical respiratory support. The ontogeny of several proteolytic genes (calpain, caspase-3, MAFbx and MuRF-1) changes dynamically with gestational and early postnatal development. We aimed to define the molecular signal cascades and triggers responsible for the dynamic changes in the proteolytic pathways during in utero and early postnatal development. Costal diaphragm was obtained immediately following euthanasia of fetal and newborn lambs from 75 to 200 days postconceptional age (term = 150 days). Gene expression of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), tumour necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and myostatin decreased steadily in utero from 75 to 145 days (P < 0.05) and the transcripts increased again after birth except of myostatin. Rapid activation of the fork-head transcriptional factors of the O class (FOXO1) and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) pathways was observed at 24 h of postnatal age. Diaphragm reactive oxygen species (ROS) production increased over 29-fold at 24 h postnatal age, compared with the 145 days fetus (P < 0.01). Local (diaphragmatic) ROS accumulation occurred earlier and was more predominant than systemic (plasma) ROS. There were positive correlations between signalling transduction molecules (FOXO1 and NF-κB) and antioxidant gene expression (superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase 1). We conclude that anabolic (IGF-1) and catabolic (TNF-α and myostatin) factors have a similar developmental pattern with a decreasing trend toward full term. This may reflect in utero integration of cellular events into low protein metabolism as the diaphragm matures in late gestation. On initiation of spontaneous breathing, ROS accumulated and potentially activated cascade of FOXO and NF-κB signal transduction. The finding provides new insights into developmental regulation of protein metabolism within development. The implication of these postnatal events for diaphragm adaptation to the ex utero environment needs further investigation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:development, diaphragm, infant, molecular signalling, ontogeny, preterm, protein synthesis, proteolysis
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Respiratory diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Song, Y (Dr Yong Song)
ID Code:135709
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2019-11-08
Last Modified:2019-12-06

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