Endotoxin inhalation alters lung development in neonatal mice

Katarina Kulhankova, Caroline L.S. George, Joel N. Kline, Melissa Darling, Peter S. Thorne

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Background: Childhood asthma is a significant public health problem. Epidemiologic evidence suggests an association between childhood asthma exacerbations and early life exposure to environmental endotoxin. Although the pathogenesis of endotoxin-induced adult asthma is well studied, questions remain about the impact of environmental endotoxin on pulmonary responsiveness in early life. Methods: We developed a murine model of neonatal/juvenile endotoxin exposures approximating those in young children and evaluated the lungs inflammatory and remodeling responses. Results: Persistent lung inflammation induced by the inhalation of endotoxin in early life was demonstrated by the influx of inflammatory cells and pro-inflammatory mediators to the airways and resulted in abnormal alveolarization. Conclusions: Results of this study advance the understanding of the impact early life endotoxin inhalation has on the lower airways, and demonstrates the importance of an experimental design that approximates environmental exposures as they occur in young children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1146-1158
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Alveolarization
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Childhood asthma
  • Endotoxin
  • Environmental exposures
  • Hygiene hypothesis
  • Lipopolysaccharide
  • Lung development
  • Neonatal


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