Research Article

Cytoskeleton changes of airway smooth muscle cells in juvenile rats with airway remodeling in asthma and the RhoA/ROCK signaling pathway mechanism

Published: January 22, 2014
Genet. Mol. Res. 13 (1) : 559-569 DOI: 10.4238/2014.January.22.2

Abstract

This article aimed to investigate changes in the cytoskeleton of airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) in juvenile rats with airway remodeling in asthma. We further investigated the involvement of the RhoA/ROCK signaling pathway mechanism. Rat models of airway remodeling in asthma were established by antigen sensitization with ovalbumin for 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks. The control group was treated with normal saline instead of ovalbumin. In the intervention group, after 8 weeks of culture, ASMCs were treated with the ROCK-specific inhibitor Y-27632. Immunofluorescence, real-time polymerase chain reaction, and Western blot analyses were used to observe changes in the cytoskeleton (F-actin and α-tubulin) of ASMCs and expressions of RhoA and ROCK. The asthmatic groups had significantly higher average gray values of F-actin in ASMCs compared to the control group (P

This article aimed to investigate changes in the cytoskeleton of airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) in juvenile rats with airway remodeling in asthma. We further investigated the involvement of the RhoA/ROCK signaling pathway mechanism. Rat models of airway remodeling in asthma were established by antigen sensitization with ovalbumin for 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks. The control group was treated with normal saline instead of ovalbumin. In the intervention group, after 8 weeks of culture, ASMCs were treated with the ROCK-specific inhibitor Y-27632. Immunofluorescence, real-time polymerase chain reaction, and Western blot analyses were used to observe changes in the cytoskeleton (F-actin and α-tubulin) of ASMCs and expressions of RhoA and ROCK. The asthmatic groups had significantly higher average gray values of F-actin in ASMCs compared to the control group (P