, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 881–890 | Cite as

Increased TMEM16A Involved in Alveolar Fluid Clearance After Lipopolysaccharide Stimulation

  • Honglin Li
  • Xixin Yan
  • Rongqin Li
  • Aili Zhang
  • Zhiyun Niu
  • Zhigang Cai
  • Weisong Duan
  • Xia Li
  • Huiran Zhang


Transmembrane protein 16A (TMEM16A) regulates a wide variety of cellular activities, including epithelial fluid secretion and maintenance of ion homeostasis. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), an outer membrane component of Gram-negative bacteria, is one of the major causes of acute lung injury (ALI). In this study, we investigated the effects of LPS on the expression of TMEM16A in LA795 cells and mouse lung tissue and the potential mechanism. Result: We detected the expression of TMEM16A in LA795 cells and mouse lung tissue by RT-PCR, Western blot, and RNA interference techniques. TMEM16A expression was significantly increased by LPS stimulation in LA795 cells and in mouse lung tissue. Moreover, the LPS-induced TMEM16A expression enhancement in lung tissue was much more prominent in the alveolar epithelial region than in bigger airway epithelial cells. The typical TMEM16A current was recorded, and LPS treatment significantly enhances the current amplitude in LA795 cells. TMEM16A shRNA or TMEM16A inhibitor (T16Ainh-A01) did not affect alveolar fluid clearance (AFC), while co-application of T16Ainh-A01 induced a stronger AFC inhibition than LPS alone. LPS notably and synchronously enhanced Akt phosphorylation (p-Akt) and TMEM16A expression in a time-dependent manner in LA795 cells. Taken together, our results suggest that TMEM16A maybe plays an important role in pathological conditions of LPS-induced ALI as a protective protein.


TMEM16A lipopolysaccharide alveolar fluid clearance acute lung injury p-Akt 



Transmembrane protein 16A




Acute lung injury


Alveolar fluid clearance


Akt phosphorylation



We thank technicians Bin Li M.D. Ph.D. and Ping Xue M.D. for their technical assistance and Prof. Yi Zhang M.D. Ph.D. and Prof. Hailin Zhang M.D. Ph.D. for providing valuable suggestions.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

The use of wild-type C57BL/6 mice was approved by the Animal Care and Ethics Committee of Hebei Medical University.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


This work was supported by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (grant no. 81170063) and the Nature Science Foundation of Hebei Province, China (grant no H2012206110).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Honglin Li
    • 1
  • Xixin Yan
    • 1
  • Rongqin Li
    • 2
  • Aili Zhang
    • 3
  • Zhiyun Niu
    • 4
  • Zhigang Cai
    • 1
  • Weisong Duan
    • 5
  • Xia Li
    • 1
  • Huiran Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RespirologyThe Second Hospital of Hebei Medical UniversityShijiazhuangChina
  2. 2.Department of CentralabThe Second Hospital of Hebei Medical UniversityShijiazhuangChina
  3. 3.Department of RespirologyHebei General HospitalShijiazhuangChina
  4. 4.Department of HematologyThe Second Hospital of Hebei Medical UniversityShijiazhuangChina
  5. 5.Department of NeurologyThe Second Hospital of Hebei Medical UniversityShijiazhuangChina

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