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Hemin reduces inflammation associated with TNBS-induced colitis

Authors Mateus V, Rocha J, Mota-Filipe H, Sepodes B, Pinto R

Received 22 February 2018

Accepted for publication 26 May 2018

Published 18 September 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 325—334

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CEG.S166197

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Hoda Malaty


Vanessa Mateus,1,2 João Rocha,2 Hélder Mota-Filipe,2 Bruno Sepodes,2 Rui Pinto2,3

1H&TRC – Health and Technology Research Center, ESTeSL – Lisbon School of Health Technology, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal; 2iMed.ULisboa, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; 3Dr. Joaquim Chaves, Laboratory of Clinical Analysis, Joaquim Chaves Saúde, Lisbon, Portugal

Purpose: Hemin is a heme-oxygenase inducer, which can confer anti-inflammatory, cytoprotective, and antiapoptotic effects. These properties are beneficial therapeutical effects to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is a worldwide health problem characterized by chronic inflammation of intestinal epithelium, which promotes intestinal and extraintestinal symptomatology. Current treatment only induces and maintains the patient in remission and results in many side effects. The research of other pharmacologic approaches is crucial to the treatment of IBD. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of hemin in the 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis model.
Materials and methods: Male CD-1 mice with TNBS-induced colitis were treated with a daily dose of hemin 5 mg/kg body weight/day and 10 mg/kg body weight/day intraperitoneal, during 4 days. The evaluated parameters were fecal hemoglobin, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), myeloperoxidase, tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-10, histopathologic analysis, urea, creatinine, and alanine aminotransferase.
Results: The hemin-treated mice presented a decrease in fecal hemoglobin, ALP, and proinflammatory cytokine concentrations compared to the TNBS group. Histopathology analysis confirmed the decrease in lesion extension produced by hemin.
Conclusion: These findings suggest that hemin treatment reduces hemorrhagic focus, intestinal damage, tissue inflammation, and lesion extension associated with experimental colitis.

Keywords: inflammatory bowel disease, experimental colitis, anti-inflammatory effect, heme-oxygenase inducer

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