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Amino acid and dipeptide combination strongly attenuates endotoxemic cytokine production in human whole-blood monocytes

Authors Raspé C, Czeslick E, Leimert A, Rossberg T, Hofmann B, Simm A, Weimann A, Sablotzki A

Received 16 December 2012

Accepted for publication 21 February 2013

Published 23 May 2013 Volume 2013:5 Pages 1—10


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Christoph Raspé,1 Elke Czeslick,2 Anja Leimert,1 Tanja Rossberg,3 Brit Hofmann,4 Andreas Simm,4 Arved Weimann,5 Armin Sablotzki2

1Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Halle-Wittenberg University, Halle, 2Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Therapy, 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, St Georg Medical Center, Leipzig, 4Department of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Halle-Wittenberg University, Halle, 5Department of Abdominal and Visceral Surgery, St Georg Medical Center, Leipzig, Germany

Objective: The study reported here aimed to analyze the anti-inflammatory and immunmodulatory impact of arginine, glycine, glutamine, and the combination of these amino acids on the intracellular expression of proinflammatory cytokines during sepsis. These amino acids were tested on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated human monocytes in a whole-blood system and examined using flow cytometry.
Materials and methods: The whole blood of twelve healthy volunteers processed immediately after withdrawal was incubated with arginine (2 and 5 mM), glycine (2 and 5 mM), glycyl-glutamine (2 and 5 mM), and the amino acid and dipeptide solution Glamin® (Fresenius Kabi, Bad Homburg, Germany) at three concentrations (5%, 10%, 20%), with or without LPS (0.2 ng/mL) stimulation. Cytokine-producing monocytes were phenotyped in whole blood and the intracellular expression of interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α was assessed by flow cytometry.
Results: In whole-blood samples from volunteers, used to best imitate physiological cellular interactions, the amino acid and dipeptide solution Glamin, containing arginine, glycine, glycyl-glutamine, was able to significantly and dose-dependently diminish LPS-induced production of proinflammatory cytokines such as IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α in human monocytes. However, single incubation with the amino acids arginine, glycine, and glycyl-glutamine individually did not affect alterations in the expression of IL-6, IL-8, or TNF-α.
Conclusion: The amino acid and dipeptide solution Glamin, composed of glycine, arginine, and glycyl-glutamine, had strong anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects during the induced experimental sepsis, as it significantly downregulated intracellular expression of proinflammatory cytokines in human whole-blood monocytes. However, only incubation with a combination of amino acids (ie, Glamin), rather than individual amino acids, demonstrated an inhibitory impact on cytokine production in LPS-stimulated monocytes. The results indicate that a combination of amino acids may potentiate the anti-inflammatory response, leading to a marked suppression of TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-8 during sepsis.

Keywords: sepsis, anti-inflammatory response, glycine, arginine, glycyl-glutamine, Glamin®

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