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Table of Contents
Vol. 28, No. 3, 2011
Issue release date: November 2011
Section title: Review
Cell Physiol Biochem 2011;28:571–578
(DOI:10.1159/000335115)

Pendrin Function in Airway Epithelia

Nofziger C.1 · Dossena S.1 · Suzuki S.2 · Izuhara K.2 · Paulmichl M.1
1Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg,2Department of Biomolecular Sciences, Saga Medical School, Saga
email Corresponding Author

Markus Paulmichl, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg (Austria)

E-Mail markus.paulmichl@pmu.ac.at

or Kenji Izuhara, Department of Biomolecular Sciences, Saga Medical School

Nabeshima, Saga, 849-8501 (Japan), E-Mail kizuhara@cc.saga-u.ac.jp

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Abstract

The expression and function of the anion exchanger pendrin (SLC26A4) was thought to be limited mainly to the inner ear, kidney and thyroid. Recent data indicates that pendrin is also expressed in the bronchial epithelium following exposure to the TH2-type cytokines, interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13. Expression of the transporter is also upregulated in bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Both diseases involve respiratory inflammation leading to tissue destruction/remodeling and decreased airway function, and data so far indicate that increased pendrin expression and/or activity might contribute to their pathogenesis. In this review, we summarize data that have emerged within the past years aimed at revealing the role for pendrin in the airway epithelia.

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Accepted: September 27, 2011
Published online: November 18, 2011
Issue release date: November 2011

ISSN: 1015-8987 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9778 (Online)

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