Journal article

Solute movement across the alveolar-capillary membrane after intratracheally administered bleomycin in rats.

M Jordana, M Dolovich, LB Irving, M Tomioka, D Befus, J Gauldie, MT Newhouse

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine | Published : 1988


The rate of absorption across the alveolar-capillary membrane of inhaled 99mTc-DTPA and the concentration of albumin in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid were characterized in a rat model of bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis. Adult male Lewis rats were studied from 1 h to 120 days after a single intratracheal instillation of bleomycin (0.5 to 0.6 U/100 g body weight). The retention of 99mTc-DTPA in the lungs, expressed as a percentage of the baseline radioactivity, was determined at 15 min (%R15) after delivery of the tracer. The %R15 was 83.7 +/- 6.0 for normal untreated rats and 84.3 +/- 3.7 for saline-treated animals. The rate of absorption of 99mTc-DTPA began to increase 24 h aft..

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