Rapamycin does not control hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in LCMV-infected perforin-deficient mice

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Abstract

Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is an immunodysregulatory disorder for which more effective treatments are needed. The macrolide rapamycin has immunosuppressive properties, making it an attractive candidate for controlling the aberrant T cell activation that occurs in HLH. To investigate its therapeutic potential, we used rapamycin to treat Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus (LCMV)-infected perforin-deficient (Prf1−/−) mice according to a well-established model of HLH. At the regimens tested, rapamycin did not improve weight loss, splenomegaly, hemophagocytosis, cytopenias, or proinflammatory cytokine production in LCMV-infected Prf1−/− animals. Thus, single agent rapamycin appears ineffective in treating the clinical and laboratory manifestations of LCMV-induced HLH. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2011; 57: 1239–1243. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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