Protective effect of B464, a lipid A analog, on endotoxin-induced cellular responses and acute lung injury

Kenzo Soejima, Akitoshi Ishizaka, Tetsuya Urano, Koichi Sayama, Fumio Sakamaki, Hidetoshi Nakamura, Takeshi Terashima, Yasuhiro Waki, Sadatomo Tasaka, Seitaro Fujishima, Tsutomu Kawata, William J. Christ, Minoru Kanazawa

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B464 is a novel synthetic analog of lipid A, a toxic component of endotoxin (LPS; lipopolysaccharide). We investigated the effects of B464 on both LPS-induced cellular responses in vitro and acute lung injury in vivo. In the in vitro study, B464 inhibited tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) production from human monocytes, priming and stiffening of neutrophils, and expression of adhesion molecules on endothelial cells induced by LPS. We then studied the effects of B464 pretreatment on acute lung injury elicited by intravenous LPS administration in vivo. Guinea pigs were divided into saline control, B464 alone, LPS alone, and LPS + B464 groups. Animals were observed for 4 h after LPS administration, and lung injury was evaluated by extravascular lung water, 125I-albumin leakage in lung tissue, and lung neutrophil accumulation. In the LPS alone group, rapid and sustained peripheral neutropenia (p < 0.001 versus saline at 15 min and at 1, 2, and 4 h), an increased plasma TNF-α concentration (p < 0.005 at 1 h), and increases in lung injury parameters (p < 0.05) were observed. In the LPS + B464 group, no changes were observed in either plasma TNF-α or lung injury parameters. Transient peripheral neutropenia and subsequent rapid recovery (p > 0.05, p < 0.001, p < 0.01, and p > 0.05 at 15 min and 1, 2, and 4 h, respectively) were observed in the LPS + B464 group. These in vivo data, together with in vitro evidence of suppressed cellular responses, suggest that B464 (1) inhibits neutrophil accumulation in lung tissue, and (2) attenuates the development of acute lung injury by blocking the activation of neutrophils and mononuclear cells as well as the interaction between neutrophils and endothelial cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-906
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
Issue number4 I
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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