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IgE mediates broncho-vascular remodeling after neonatal sensitization in mice
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The temporal origins of childhood asthma are incompletely understood. We hypothesize that allergen sensitization which begins in early infancy causes IgE-mediated airway and vascular remodeling, and airway hyper-responsiveness. Mice were sensitized with ovalbumin (OVA) without or with anti-IgE antibody from postnatal day (P) 10 through P42. We studied airway resistance in response to Methacholine (MCh) challenge, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL) inflammatory cell content, immunohistochemistry for inflammation, alpha-smooth muscle actin (alpha-SMA) and platelet/endothelial cell adhesion molecule (PECAM) proteins, and Western blotting for vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) protein. Compared to controls, mice treated with OVA had increased airway resistance (baseline: 192% of control; MCH 12 mg/mL 170% of control; P less than 0.0.5). OVA treatment also increased lung alpha-SMA, VEGF and PECAM compared to controls. Inflammatory cells in the BAL and perivascular and peribronchiolar inflammatory cell infiltrates increased over controls with OVA exposure. These changes were counteracted by anti-IgE treatment. We conclude that mice sensitized in early infancy develop an IgE-mediated hyper-reactive airway disease with airway and vascular remodeling. Preventive approaches in early infancy of at-risk individuals may reduce childhood asthma.