Secretoglobins SCGB3A1 and SCGB3A2 define secretory cell subsets in mouse and human airways

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2002 Dec 1;166(11):1498-509. doi: 10.1164/rccm.200204-285OC. Epub 2002 Aug 1.


Clara cell secretory protein (CCSP) is expressed abundantly within the conducting airway epithelium and is thought to have immunoregulatory functions. Differences in the localization of CCSP between mouse and human airways led us to hypothesize that functional homologues of CCSP may compensate for the lack of CCSP expression in proximal airway locations. We previously identified an expressed sequence tag (W82219) whose expression is induced within Clara cells of CCSP knockout mice. Expressed sequence tag W82219 is distantly related to CCSP and represents a member of a new subfamily of secretoglobins (MmSCGB3A2). Another member of the mouse SCGB3 family (MmSCGB3A1) as well as human orthologues (HsSCGB3A1 and HsSCGB3A2) that possess structural homology to CCSP were identified, suggesting they may share common functional properties. SCGB3A1 messenger RNA localizes to a subset of SCGB3A2-expressing cells within bronchi of both mouse and neonatal human lungs. CCSP, SCGB3A1, and SCGB3A2 were decreased in airways of neonates with bronchopulmonary dysplasia and in mice after airway injury. We conclude that secretory cells of the conducting airway epithelium express distinct members of the secretoglobin family in a partially overlapping fashion. Altered expression of secretoglobins in airway disease may contribute to immunoregulatory perturbations commonly seen in chronic airway disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia / genetics
  • Carrier Proteins*
  • Cytokines / genetics
  • Cytokines / metabolism*
  • Fetus / physiology
  • Gene Expression
  • Genes, Tumor Suppressor
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Respiratory Mucosa / cytology
  • Respiratory Mucosa / embryology
  • Respiratory Mucosa / metabolism*
  • Secretoglobins
  • Transcription Factors / genetics
  • Transcription Factors / metabolism*
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins*
  • Uteroglobin


  • Biomarkers
  • Carrier Proteins
  • Cytokines
  • RNA, Messenger
  • SCGB3A1 protein, human
  • SCGB3A2 protein, human
  • Secretoglobins
  • Transcription Factors
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins
  • Uteroglobin

Associated data

  • GENBANK/BK000193
  • GENBANK/BK000194
  • GENBANK/BK000195
  • GENBANK/BK000196
  • GENBANK/BK000197
  • GENBANK/BK000198
  • GENBANK/BK000199
  • GENBANK/BK000200
  • GENBANK/BK000201
  • GENBANK/BK000202