The effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents on behavioural changes and cytokine production following systemic inflammation: implications for a role of COX-1
Teeling, J.L., Cunningham, C, Newman, T.A. and Perry, V.H. (2010) The effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents on behavioural changes and cytokine production following systemic inflammation: implications for a role of COX-1. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 24, (3), 409-419. (doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2009.11.006). (PMID:19931610).
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Systemic inflammation gives rise to metabolic and behavioural changes, largely mediated by pro-inflammatory cytokines and prostaglandin production (PGE2) at the blood–brain barrier. Despite numerous studies, the exact biological pathways that give rise to these changes remains elusive. This study investigated the mechanisms underlying immune-to-brain communication following systemic inflammation using various anti-inflammatory agents.
Mice were pre-treated with selective cyclo-oxygenase (COX) inhibitors, thromboxane synthase inhibitors or dexamethasone, followed by intra-peritoneal injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Changes in body temperature, open-field activity, and burrowing were assessed and mRNA and/or protein levels of inflammatory mediators measured in serum and brain.
LPS-induced systemic inflammation resulted in behavioural changes and increased production of IL-6, IL-1β and TNF-α, as well as PGE2 in serum and brain. Indomethacin and ibuprofen reversed the effect of LPS on behaviour without changing peripheral or central IL-6, IL-1β and TNF-α mRNA levels. In contrast, dexamethasone did not alter LPS-induced behavioural changes, despite complete inhibition of cytokine production. A selective COX-1 inhibitor, piroxicam, but not the selective COX-2 inhibitor, nimesulide, reversed the LPS-induced behavioural changes without affecting IL-6, IL-1β and TNF-α protein expression levels in the periphery or mRNA levels in the hippocampus.
Our results suggest that the acute LPS-induced changes in burrowing and open-field activity depend on COX-1. We further show that COX-1 is not responsible for the induction of brain IL-6, IL-1β and TNF-α synthesis or LPS-induced hypothermia. Our results may have implications for novel therapeutic strategies to treat or prevent neurological diseases with an inflammatory component.
|Keywords:||cytokines, behaviour, systemic inflammation, indomethacin, cox-1, cox-2|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Biological Sciences
|Date Deposited:||23 Mar 2010|
|Last Modified:||23 Apr 2012 15:43|
|Contributors:||Teeling, J.L. (Author)
Cunningham, C (Author)
Newman, T.A. (Author)
Perry, V.H. (Author)
|Contact Email Address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
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