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Malla, Sudarshan R.; Kärrman Mardh, Carina; Günther, Annett; Mahajan, Ujjwal M.; Sendler, Matthias; D'Haese, Jan; Weiss, Frank Ulrich; Lerch, Markus M.; Hansen, Mark Berner and Mayerle, Julia (2016): Effect of oral administration of AZD8309, a CXCR2 antagonist, on the severity of experimental pancreatitis. In: Pancreatology, Vol. 16, No. 5: pp. 761-769

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Introduction: Acute pancreatitis is a common gastrointestinal disorder burdened with a high mortality. Two pathophysiological events during experimental pancreatitis are thought to determine the clinical course: premature digestive protease activation and tissue infiltration by inflammatory cells. We have investigated the effect of AZD8309, a potent and orally bioavailable antagonist of the chemokine receptor CXCR2, which has been proposed to regulate the transmigration of neutrophils. Methods: Male C57BL6 mice (25-30 g) received gavage feeding of AZD8309 (50 mg/kg/BW) or mannitol (controls) twice daily starting 3 h prior to pancreatitis induction. Mild pancreatitis was induced by i.p. caerulein administration (50 mu g/kg BW), severe pancreatitis by intraductal taurocholate (2%). Pancreas, lung, and serum was harvested up to 48 h after pancreatitis induction and used for histopathology, amylase, lipase, cathepsin B, trypsin, and elastase activity measurements, myeloperoxidase (MPO) content and cytokine concentrations. Results: Oral administration of AZD8309 significantly reduced MPO in the pancreas and lungs (8 h & 24 h) and reduced intrapancreatic trypsin and elastase activity (8 h) in caerulein-pancreatitis. In taurocholate-pancreatitis AZD8309 reduced cathepsin B activity and MPO. Serum cytokine levels were reduced by AZD8309 as well as histopathological damage. Conclusion: The CXCR2 antagonist AZD8309 reduced the transmigration of neutrophils as well as intrapancreatic protease activation in experimental pancreatitis. This effect was sufficient to reduce the overall severity of the disease. CXCR2 may therefore be a viable therapeutic target and AZD8309 a suitable agent for the treatment of acute pancreatitis. (C) 2016 IAP and EPC. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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