Protective Role of Peroxisome Proliferator–activated Receptor-β/δ in Septic Shock

Centre for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, William Harvey Research Institute, London, United Kingdom.
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Impact Factor: 13). 12/2010; 182(12):1506-15. DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201002-0240OC
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Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-β/δ is a transcription factor that belongs to the PPAR nuclear hormone receptor family, but the role of PPAR-β/δ in sepsis is unknown.
We investigated the role of PPAR-β/δ in murine models of LPS-induced organ injury and dysfunction and cecal ligation and puncture (CLP)-induced polymicrobial sepsis.
Wild-type (WT) and PPAR-β/δ knockout (KO) mice and C57BL/6 mice were subjected to LPS for 16 hours. C57BL/6 mice received the PPAR-β/δ agonist GW0742 (0.03 mg/kg intravenously, 1 h after LPS) or GW0742 plus the PPAR-β/δ antagonist GSK0660 (0.1 mg/kg intravenously, 30 min before LPS). CD-1 mice subjected to CLP received GW0742 or GW0742 plus GSK0660.
In PPAR-β/δ KO mice, endotoxemia exacerbated organ injury and dysfunction (cardiac, renal, and hepatic) and inflammation (lung) compared with WT mice. In C57BL/6 mice subjected to endotoxemia, GW0742 significantly (1) attenuated organ (cardiac and renal) dysfunction and inflammation (lung); (2) increased the phosphorylation of Akt and glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3β; (3) attenuated the increase in extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)1/2 and signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT)-3 phosphorylation; and (4) attenuated the activation of nuclear factor (NF)-κB and the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). In CD-1 mice subjected to CLP, GW0742 improved 10-day survival. All the observed beneficial effects of GW0742 were attenuated by the PPAR-β/δ antagonist GSK0660.
PPAR-β/δ protects against multiple organ injury and dysfunction, and inflammation caused by endotoxic shock and improves survival in polymicrobial sepsis by a mechanism that may involve activation of Akt and inhibition of GSK-3β and NF-κB.

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