The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology

Regulation of bronchial epithelial barrier integrity by type 2 cytokines and histone deacetylases in asthmatic patients.

PMID 27312821


Tight junctions (TJs) form a barrier on the apical side of neighboring epithelial cells in the bronchial mucosa. Changes in their integrity might play a role in asthma pathogenesis by enabling the paracellular influx of allergens, toxins, and microbes to the submucosal tissue. The regulation of bronchial epithelial TJs by T The expression, regulation, and function of TJs were determined in air-liquid interface (ALI) cultures of control and asthmatic primary human bronchial epithelial cells (HBECs) by means of analysis of transepithelial electrical resistance, paracellular flux, mRNA expression, Western blotting, and immunofluorescence staining. HBECs from asthmatic patients showed a significantly low TJ integrity in ALI cultures compared with HBECs from healthy subjects. T Our data demonstrate that barrier leakiness in asthmatic patients is induced by T