Mapping cyclic stretch in the postpneumonectomy murine lung

Nenad Filipovic, Barry C. Gibney, Milos Kojic, Dalibor Nikolic, Velibor Isailovic, Alexandra Ysasi, Moritz A. Konerding, Steven J. Mentzer, Akira Tsuda

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In many mammalian species, the removal of one lung [pneumonectomy (PNX)] is associated with the compensatory growth of the remaining lung. To investigate the hypothesis that parenchymal deformation may trigger lung regeneration, we used respiratorygated micro-computed tomography scanning to create threedimensional finite-element geometric models of the murine cardiac lobe with cyclic breathing. Models were constructed of respiratorygated micro-computed tomography scans pre-PNX and 24 h post- PNX. The computational models demonstrated that the maximum stretch ratio map was patchy and heterogeneous, particularly in subpleural, juxta-diaphragmatic, and cephalad regions of the lobe. In these parenchymal regions, the material line segments at peak inspiration were frequently two- to fourfold greater after PNX; some regions of the post-PNX cardiac lobe demonstrated parenchymal compression at peak inspiration. Similarly, analyses of parenchymal maximum shear strain demonstrated heterogeneous regions of mechanical stress with focal regions demonstrating a threefold increase in shear strain after PNX. Consistent with previously identified growth patterns, these subpleural regions of enhanced stretch and shear strain are compatible with a mechanical signal, likely involving cyclic parenchymal stretch, triggering lung growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1370-1378
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of applied physiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013


  • Finite element
  • Image registration
  • Lung
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Regeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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