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From: Role of IGF-1 pathway in lung fibroblast activation

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Decreased αSMA promoter activity and αSMA protein expression in bleomycin-injured mice treated with IGF-1 receptor blocking antibody (A12). (A) Representative H&E sections of αSMA-GFP mice at day 21 after bleomycin injury. Fibrotic regions of lung parenchyma are indicated by () and normal lung parenchyma are indicated by (n). (B) αSMA immunostaining of bleomycin-injured lung in an αSMA-GFP mouse. Note the overlap of αSMA staining (red) with αSMA-GFP expression (green) in the peribronchiolar fibrotic region indicated by (). Scale bars represent 100 μm. (C) (Left) Representative fluorescent images of αSMA-GFP mice treated with A12 (b and d) showed less αSMA promoter activity as indicated by GFP (green) positive cells, compared to control mice (a and c) at d21 after bleomycin instillation. (Right) Percentage of αSMA-GFP + cells/total number of DAPI + cells, quantification by NIH ImageJ (n = 4 mice/group, mean ± SEM). (D) (Left) Representative images of αSMA staining by immunofluorescent microscopy of the same A12-treated mice (b and d) compared to control mice (a and c) at d21 after bleomycin instillation. Large airways and vasculature staining for αSMA, indicated by an asterisk (*), were masked in the analysis. Interstitial staining, indicated by an arrow (), was included in the analysis. (Right) Ratio of αSMA staining area per DAPI + area (n = 4 mice/group, mean ± SEM).

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