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MC-PPEA as a new and more potent inhibitor of CLP-induced sepsis and pulmonary inflammation than FK866

Authors Huang P, Lee Jr MW, Sadrerafi K, Heruth DP, Zhang LQ, Maulik D, Ye SQ

Received 21 October 2016

Accepted for publication 10 January 2017

Published 3 March 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 629—641


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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Frank M. Boeckler

Peixin Huang,1 Mark W Lee Jr,2 Keivan Sadrerafi,2 Daniel P Heruth,1 Li Q Zhang,1 Dev Maulik,3,4 Shui Qing Ye1,4

1Division of Experimental and Translational Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, The Children’s Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine Kansas City, 2Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 3Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine, 4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, MO, USA

Abstract: Our previous study indicated that overexpression of nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) aggravated acute lung injury, while knockdown of NAMPT expression attenuated ventilator-induced lung injury. Recently, we found that meta-carborane-butyl-3-(3-pyridinyl)-2E-propenamide (MC-PPEA, MC4), in which the benzoylpiperidine moiety of FK866 has been replaced by a carborane, displayed a 100-fold increase in NAMPT inhibition over FK866. Here, we determined the effects of MC4 and FK866 on cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) surgery-induced sepsis in C57BL/6J mice. MC4 showed stronger inhibitory effects than FK866 on CLP-induced mortality, serum tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) levels, pulmonary myeloperoxidase activity, alveolar injury, and interleukin 6 and interleukin1β messenger RNA levels. In vitro cell permeability and electric cell–substrate impedance sensing assays demonstrated that MC4 inhibited TNFα- and thrombin-mediated pulmonary endothelial cell permeability better than FK866. MC4 also exerted more potent effects than FK866, at concentrations as low as 0.3 nM, to attenuate TNFα-mediated intracellular cytokine expression, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) and its reduced form NADH levels, and nuclear factor kappa B p65 phosphorylation and nuclear translocation in A549 cells. Our results strongly suggest that the newly developed MC4 is a more potent suppressor of CLP-induced pulmonary inflammation and sepsis than FK866, with potential clinical application as a new treatment agent for sepsis and inflammation.

Keywords: NAMPT, pulmonary inflammation, sepsis

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