Amelioration of lacrimal gland inflammation by oral administration of K-13182 in Sjögren's syndrome model mice

T. Nishiyama, K. Mishima, K. Obara, H. Inoue, T. Doi, S. Kondo, M. Saka, Y. Tabunoki, Y. Hattori, T. Kodama, K. Tsubota, I. Saito

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Regulation of the adhesion of mononuclear cells to endothelial cells is considered to be a critical step for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, including autoimmune diseases. K-13182 was identified as a novel inhibitor for these adhesions. K-13182 inhibited the expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1, CD106) on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and on mouse vascular endothelial cell line (MAECs) induced by tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α. K-13182 also inhibited the adhesion of mononuclear cells to these HUVECs and MAECs, indicating that K-13182 suppressed these adhesions mediated by cellular adhesion molecules including VCAM-1. To evaluate the therapeutic effect in autoimmune disease model mice, K-13182 was orally administered to non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice as Sjögren's syndrome (SS) model mice. Severe destructive inflammatory lesions were observed in the lacrimal glands of vehicle-treated control mice; however, 8-week administration of K-13182 inhibited the mononuclear cell infiltration into the inflammatory lesions of the lacrimal glands. In K-13182-treated mice, the decrease in tear secretion was also prevented compared to the control mice. In addition, the apoptosis and the expression of FasL (CD178), perforin, and granzyme A was suppressed in the lacrimal glands of K-13182-treated mice. Therefore, K-13182 demonstrated the possibility of therapeutic efficacy for the inflammatory region of autoimmune disease model mice. These data reveal that VCAM-1 is a promising target molecule for the treatment of autoimmune diseases as a therapeutic strategy and that K-13182 has the potential as a new anti-inflammatory drug for SS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-595
Number of pages10
JournalClinical and Experimental Immunology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sept


  • Autoimmune disease
  • Endothelial cells
  • Lacrimal gland
  • NOD mouse
  • VCAM-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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