A critical role for Pin1 in allergic pulmonary eosinophilia in rats

Stephane Esnault, Louis A. Rosenthal, Zhong Jian Shen, Julie B. Sedgwick, Renee J. Szakaly, Ronald L. Sorkness, James S. Malter

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Background: Infiltration, accumulation, and degranulation of eosinophils in the lung are hallmarks of active allergic asthma. The pulmonary response to inhaled allergen triggers the secretion of eosinophil chemoattractants and antiapoptotic cytokines, including GM-CSF, IL-3, IL-4, IL-5, and eotaxin, among others. We recently showed that in vitro Pin1 regulated eosinophil production of and response to GM-CSF. Objective: We sought to determine the effect of Pin1 inhibition on pulmonary eosinophilia after allergen challenge. Methods: The Pin1 inhibitor juglone (5-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone) was administered to allergen-sensitized and allergen-challenged Brown Norway rats. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and lungs were assessed for inflammation, cytokine expression, and Pin1 activity. Results: Juglone-treated rats showed a dramatic reduction (approximately 75%) in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and pulmonary eosinophilia but no change in lymphocyte, monocyte/macrophage, or neutrophil numbers. GM-CSF and IL-5 expression were also significantly reduced, whereas Pin1-independent cytokines, such as eotaxin or IL-4, as well as housekeeping mRNAs and proteins, including actin, were unaffected by juglone. The eosinophils present in the lung in juglone-treated rats showed significantly greater apoptosis. Conclusion: These data suggest that in vivo Pin1 blockade attenuates GM-CSF and IL-5 production and can selectively reduce eosinophilic allergic inflammation. Clinical implications: Eosinophils can be selectively reduced by Pin1 blockade, despite allergen challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1082-1088
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Eosinophil
  • apoptosis
  • asthma
  • cytokines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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