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Opposing effects of low molecular weight heparins on the release of inflammatory cytokines from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of asthmatics


Shastri, MD and Stewart, N and Eapen, M and Peterson, GM and Zaidi, STR and Guven, N and Sohal, SS and Patel, RP, Opposing effects of low molecular weight heparins on the release of inflammatory cytokines from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of asthmatics, PLoS One, 10, (3) Article e0118798. ISSN 1932-6203 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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2015 Shastri et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118798


Background: T-cell-mediated inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, IL-13 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), play an important role in the initiation and progression of inflammatory airways diseases. Low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs), widely used anticoagulants, possess anti-inflammatory properties making them potential treatment options for inflammatory diseases, including asthma. In the current study, we investigated the modulating effects of two LMWHs (enoxaparin and dalteparin) on the release of cytokines from stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of asthmatic subjects to identify the specific components responsible for the effects.

Methods: PBMCs from asthmatic subjects (consist of ~75% of T-cells) were isolated from blood taken from ten asthmatic subjects. The PBMCs were pre-treated in the presence or absence of different concentrations of LMWHs, and were then stimulated by phytohaemagglutinin for the release of IL-4, IL-5, IL-13 and TNF-α. LMWHs were completely or selectively desulfated and their anticoagulant effect, as well as the ability to modulate cytokine release, was determined. LMWHs were chromatographically fractionated and each fraction was tested for molecular weight determination along with an assessment of anticoagulant potency and effect on cytokine release.

Results: Enoxaparin inhibited cytokine release by more than 48%, whereas dalteparin increased their release by more than 25%. The observed anti-inflammatory effects of enoxaparin were independent of their anticoagulant activities. Smaller fractions, in particular dp4 (four saccharide units), were responsible for the inhibitory effect of enoxaparin. Whereas, the larger fractions, in particular dp22 (twenty two saccharide units), were associated with the stimulatory effect of dalteparin.

Conclusion: Enoxaparin and dalteparin demonstrated opposing effects on inflammatory markers. These observed effects could be due to the presence of structurally different components in the two LMWHs arising from different methods of depolymerisation. This study provides a platform for further studies investigating the usefulness of enoxaparin in various inflammatory diseases.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:heparin, HPLC, inflammation, chromatography
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Pharmaceutical sciences
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Shastri, MD (Mr Madhur Shastri)
UTAS Author:Stewart, N (Dr Niall Stewart)
UTAS Author:Eapen, M (Mr Mathew Eapen)
UTAS Author:Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)
UTAS Author:Zaidi, STR (Dr Tabish Razi Zaidi)
UTAS Author:Guven, N (Dr Nuri Guven)
UTAS Author:Sohal, SS (Dr Sukhwinder Sohal)
UTAS Author:Patel, RP (Dr Rahul Patel)
ID Code:98544
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2015-02-18
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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