Aerosolized polymerized type I collagen reduces airway inflammation and remodelling in a guinea pig model of allergic asthma.Lung. 2010 Apr; 188(2):97-105.LUNG
Collagen-polyvinylpyrrolidone (Collagen-PVP) has been demonstrated to elicit immunomodulatory properties in different chronic inflammatory diseases. Nevertheless, its effects on asthma are still unknown. We have evaluated whether collagen-PVP could modulate airway inflammation and remodelling in a guinea pig model of allergic asthma. Sensitized guinea pigs were challenged with the allergen (ovalbumin) six times (at 10-day intervals). From the third challenge on, animals were treated every 5 days with saline aerosols containing 0.16, 0.33, or 0.66 mg/ml of collagen-PVP (n = 5, respectively). Some guinea pigs, sensitized and challenged with saline as well as treated with 0 or 0.66 mg/ml collagen-PVP, were included in the study as control (n = 7) and sham groups (n = 5), respectively. From the first challenge on, ovalbumin induced a transient airway obstruction, measured by barometric plethysmography, which was not modified by collagen-PVP treatments. After the last allergen challenge, guinea pigs were anesthetized to obtain bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and the left lung caudal lobe. As expected, BAL cell count from allergen-challenged guinea pigs showed abundant neutrophils and eosinophils, as well as numerous tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha-expressing granulocytes and macrophages in airway wall (determined by immunohistochemical assay). Neutrophilia and TNF-alpha-expressing leukocytes, from collagen-PVP treated animals, diminished from 0.16 mg/ml, and eosinophilia from 0.66 mg/ml of collagen-PVP doses. Histological changes induced by allergen challenges include thickening of connective tissue below airway epithelium and vascular wall widening of airway adjacent vessels; these changes were reduced by collagen-PVP treatment. Collagen-PVP seems to have anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic properties in this guinea pig asthma model.