In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that exposure of newborn mice to sublethal hyperoxia would alter lung development and expressions of fibroblast growth factor receptors (FGFRs)-3 and FGFR-4. Newborn FVB mice were exposed to 85% O2 or maintained in room air for up to 14 d. No animal mortality was observed, and body weight gains were not affected by hyperoxia. At postnatal d 7 and 14 (P7, P14), lungs of mice exposed to 85% O2 showed fewer alveolar secondary crests and larger alveoli or terminal air spaces than did mice in room air. In pups kept in room air, lung levels of FGFR-3 and FGFR-4 mRNA were greater at P3 than at P1, but similar increases were not observed in hyperoxic mice. Immunoreactivity of FGFR-3 and FGFR-4 was lower in lungs of hyperoxic mice than in controls at P14. In pups kept in room air, lung fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-7 mRNA levels were greater at P14 than at P1, but similar changes were not observed in hyperoxic mice. The temporally and spatially specific alterations in the expressions of FGFR-3, FGFR-4, and FGF-7 in the mice exposed to hyperoxia may contribute to aberrant lung development.
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Dec 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health