Differential expression of annexins I and II in bovine bronchial epithelial cells.

J. K. Vishwanatha, G. Muns, J. D. Beckmann, R. G. Davis, I. Rubinstein

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Annexins I and II have been proposed to participate in regulation of inflammation and cell proliferation. In the present study, we examined the expression of annexins I and II in various levels of the bovine respiratory tract and in cultured bovine bronchial epithelial cells. Immunoblot analysis of whole-tissue extracts revealed low-level expression of annexins I and II in bronchial mucosa mainstem to fourth generation. In contrast, high levels of annexins I and II (15- to 20-fold higher than in the bronchial mucosa) were seen in the distal lung parenchyma. Immunohistochemical staining of tracheobronchial tissue sections with anti-annexin I antibody revealed an uneven positive reaction of about 30 to 40% of the columnar differentiated ciliated and secretory cells, with no obvious positivity within the nondifferentiated basal epithelial cell layer. In contrast, anti-annexin II antibody reacted nearly uniformly within the basal cell layer, with no obvious decoration of the differentiated cell types. These results were confirmed by immunoblot analysis of annexin I and II in density fractionated populations of basal and secretory/ciliated epithelial cells. Both annexins I and II were expressed at constitutive levels in bovine bronchial epithelial cells grown in glucocorticoid- and serum-free medium, and dexamethasone increased expression of both proteins in a concentration-dependent manner. We conclude that annexins I and II are differentially expressed in the differentiated ciliated cells and undifferentiated basal cells.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-286
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1995


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