Increased levels of IGF-1 and beta2-microglobulin in epithelial lining fluid of preterm newborns developing chronic lung disease effects of rhG-CSF

Ettore Domenico Capoluongo, Giovanni Vento, F. Ameglio, Paola Lulli, Piero Giuseppe Matassa, Cinzia Carrozza, Stefano Angelo Santini, Mirca Antenucci, Massimo Castagnola, Bruno Giardina, Costantino Romagnoli, Cecilia Zuppi

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Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is involved in regulating the Th-1/Th-2 balance, favoring the development of the Th-2 compartment which enhances fibrosis, one of the main characteristics of Chronic Lung Disease (CLD) in premature newborns. Limited data is available concerning a possible association between early epithelial lining fluid (ELF) concentrations of IGF-1 (total and free forms), IGF-binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3), beta2-microglobulin and subsequent development of CLD in preterm neonates. If neutropenic, preterm neonates are frequently treated with recombinant human granulocyte colony stimulating factor (rhG-CSF). The objective of the study was to correlate ELF concentrations of IGF-1 and beta2 microglobulin during the first week of life both in non-neutropenic and in rhGCSF-treated neutropenic preterm neonates, with subsequent development in CLD. Thirty preterm neonates with Respiratory Distress Syndrome (6 with neutropenia) were studied. Eleven out of 24 non-neutropenic preterm infants (46%) and all of the six neutropenic subjects (100%) developed CLD. With the exception of first day values, there was a clear similarity in the behaviors of assayed molecules between non-neutropenic and neutropenic patients developing CLD. Non-neutropenic patients without CLD showed significantly lower values of free IGF-1 and beta2M both on days 1 and 3. Total IGF-I and cell counts were different only on the 3rd day. Conclusions: 1) the mechanisms leading to CLD might be mediated by high levels of IGF-family molecules soon after birth 2) beta2M could be a marker of increased bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cellularity with potential inflammatory properties 3) G-CSF treatment induces an increased synthesis of IGF-1 molecules by cells recruited in the lung, with possible enhancement of the fibrogenic mechanisms.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)57-66
Numero di pagine10
RivistaInternational Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2006


  • IGF-1 levels
  • beta2-microglobulin levels
  • chronic lung disease
  • epithelial lining fluid
  • preterm newborns
  • rhG-CSF


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