PA401, a novel CXCL8-based biologic therapeutic with increased glycosaminoglycan binding, reduces bronchoalveolar lavage neutrophils and systemic inflammatory markers in a murine model of LPS-induced lung inflammation

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Abstract

Rationale:

Neutrophils play a fundamental role in a number of chronic lung diseases. Among the mediators of their recruitment to the lung, CXCL8 (IL-8) is considered to be one of the major players. CXCL8 exerts its chemotactic activity by binding to its GPCR receptors (CXCR1/R2) located on neutrophils, as well as through interactions with glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) on cell surfaces including those of the microvascular endothelium. Binding to GAG co-receptors is required to generate a solid-phase haptotactic gradient and to present IL-8/CXCL8 in a proper conformation to its receptors on circulating neutrophils.

Methods:

We have engineered increased GAG-binding affinity into human CXCL8, thereby obtaining a competitive inhibitor that displaces wild-type IL-8/CXCL8 from GAGs. By additionally knocking-out the GPCR binding domain of the chemokine, we generated a dominant negative protein (dnCXCL8; PA401) with potent anti-inflammatory characteristics proven in vivo in a murine model of LPS-induced lung inflammation (Adage et al., 2015).

Methods:

Here we have further investigated PA401 activity in this pulmonary model by evaluating plasma changes induced by LPS on white blood cells (WBC) and a broad range of inflammatory markers, especially chemokines, by addressing immediate effects of PA401 on these parameters in healthy and LPS exposed mice.

Results:

Aerosolized LPS induced a significant increase in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) neutrophils after 3 and 7 h, as well as an increase in total WBC and changes in 21 of the 59 measured plasma markers, mostly belonging to the chemokine family.

Results:

PA401 treatment in saline exposed mice didn’t induce major changes in any of the measured parameters. When administered to LPS aerosolized mice, PA401 caused a significant normalization of KC/mCXCL1 and other inflammatory markers, as well as of blood WBC count. In addition, BAL neutrophils were significantly reduced, confirming the previously observed lung anti-inflammatory activity of PA401 in this experiment.

Conclusions:

PA401 is a new promising biologic therapeutic with a novel and unique mechanism of action for interfering with neutrophilic lung inflammation, that also normalizes plasma inflammatory markers.

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