W M Abraham

Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City, New York, United States

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  • T G O'Riordan · M D Weinstein · W M Abraham · R Forteza ·
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    ABSTRACT: The clinical course of patients undergoing prolonged mechanical ventilation is often complicated by the development of purulent tracheobronchitis. The purpose of this study was to assess whether ventilator-associated hypersecretion is associated with elevated levels of tissue kallikrein (TK) activity. TK can induce marked bronchial inflammation in animal models and TK activity is increased in the airway secretions of symptomatic asthmatics. It has not been studied in conditions with predominantly neutrophilic bronchial secretions, although animal data indicate that neutrophil elastase may stimulate TK activity. We measured TK activity in airway secretions of patients undergoing mechanical ventilation for more than 4 weeks (PMV group) and in two comparator groups: patients with cystic fibrosis, who were colonized with Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CF group) and patients undergoing mechanical ventilation for less than one week who did not have clinical evidence of purulent airway secretions (acute mechanical ventilation, AMV group). We also compared the level of neutrophil elastase (NE) activity, an index of neutrophil activation, in the three patient groups. TK and NE activity in the sol phase were measured by the degradation of chromogenic substrates (DL Val-Leu-Arg pNA and N-Methoxy Succinyl Ala-Ala-Pro-Val pNA, respectively). Intergroup differences in cell counts were not significant. However, TK activity was significantly less in the AMV group than in the PMV and cystic fibrosis patients (Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA, p < 0.05). Elastase activity was significantly greater in the CF group (p < 0.05) than in the other two groups. Compared to patients undergoing short-term mechanical ventilation (AMV group), TK activity was elevated in patients with purulent tracheobronchitis associated with prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV group). The elevation in TK activity in these patients is comparable to levels in sputum from patients with cystic fibrosis (CF group), although the latter had a significantly higher level of NE activity. The observation of increased TK activity in patients with neutrophilic airway inflammation suggests that TK may play a role in modulating inflammation in ventilator-associated tracheobronchitis and may be worthy of further study to determine its source and significance.
    Beiträge zur Klinik der Tuberkulose 02/2003; 181(5):237-44. DOI:10.1007/s00408-003-1019-9 · 2.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: INS37217 [P(1)-(uridine 5')-P(4)-(2'-deoxycytidine 5')tetraphosphate, tetrasodium salt] is a deoxycytidine-uridine dinucleotide with agonist activity at the P2Y(2) receptor. In primate lung tissues, the P2Y(2) receptor mRNA was located by in situ hybridization predominantly in epithelial cells and not in smooth muscle or stromal tissue. The pharmacologic profile of INS37217 parallels that of UTP, leading to increased chloride and water secretion, increased cilia beat frequency, and increased mucin release. The combined effect of these actions was confirmed in an animal model of tracheal mucus velocity that showed that a single administration of INS37217 significantly enhanced mucus transport for at least 8 h after dosing. This extended duration of action is consistent with the ability of INS37217 to resist metabolism by airway cells and sputum enzymes. The enhanced metabolic stability and resultant increased duration of improved mucociliary clearance may confer significant advantages to INS37217 over other P2Y(2) agonists in the treatment of diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
    Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 10/2002; 302(3):871-80. DOI:10.1124/jpet.102.035485 · 3.97 Impact Factor
  • R M Forteza · A Ahmed · T Lee · W M Abraham ·
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    ABSTRACT: Alpha-1-protease inhibitor (alpha(1)-PI) and secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor (SLPI) are two natural airway serine protease inhibitors. While inhibition of neutrophil elastase is a function common to both alpha(1)-PI and SLPI, we showed previously that they exhibit different patterns of protection against antigen-induced changes in airway function in allergic sheep. Specifically, the protective effect seen with SLPI was similar to the profile of action of synthetic tryptase inhibitors in the model. Based on these data, and the fact that tryptase is a serine protease, we hypothesized that SLPI, but not alpha(1)-PI, would block tryptase-induced bronchoconstriction. To test this, we compared the responses to inhaled tryptase in five sheep without treatment or after treatment with either aerosol alpha(1)-PI (10 mg) or aerosol SLPI (50 mg). The doses of alpha(1)-PI and SLPI selected had been shown to be effective in previous antigen-provocation studies. Treatments were given 30 min before aerosol challenge with tryptase (500 ng). Tryptase alone increased (mean+/-SEM) pulmonary resistance (R(L)) 142 +/- 24% over baseline. Pretreatment with alpha(1)-PI had no effect on the tryptase response (R(L)increased 122 +/- 20%). Pretreatment with SLPI, however, blocked the tryptase-induced response (R(L) increased only 40 +/- 4% P<0.05 vs. tryptase). These are the first studies comparing the inhibitory activity of SLPI and alpha(1)-PI on inhaled tryptase-induced bronchoconstriction. We conclude that, in vivo, SLPI, but not alpha(1)-PI, can block tryptase-induced bronchoconstriction and that this activity may explain the differential effects of these two serine protease inhibitors on antigen-induced airway responses in allergic sheep.
    Pulmonary Pharmacology &amp Therapeutics 02/2001; 14(2):107-10. DOI:10.1006/pupt.2000.0276 · 2.94 Impact Factor
  • M Scuri · R Forteza · I Lauredo · J R Sabater · Y Botvinnikova · L Allegra · W M Abraham ·
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    ABSTRACT: Neutrophil elastase has been linked to inflammatory lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, adult respiratory distress syndrome, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis. In guinea pigs, aerosol challenge with human neutrophil elastase causes bronchoconstriction, but the mechanism by which this occurs is not completely understood. Our laboratory previously showed that human neutrophil elastase releases tissue kallikrein (TK) from cultured tracheal gland cells. TK has been identified as the major kininogenase of the airway and cleaves both high- and low-molecular weight kininogen to yield lysyl-bradykinin. Because inhaled bradykinin causes bronchoconstriction and airway hyperresponsiveness in asthmatic patients and allergic sheep, we hypothesized that elastase-induced bronchoconstriction could be mediated by bradykinin. To test this hypothesis, we measured lung resistance (RL) in sheep before and after inhalation of porcine pancreatic elastase (PPE) alone and after pretreatment with a bradykinin B(2) antagonist (NPC-567), the specific human elastase inhibitor ICI 200,355, the histamine H(1)-antagonist diphenhydramine hydrochloride, the cysteinyl leukotriene 1 receptor antagonist montelukast, or the cyclooxygenase inhibitor indomethacin. Inhaled PPE (125-1,000 microg) caused a dose-dependent increase in RL. Aerosol challenge with a single 500 microg dose of PPE increased RL by 132 +/- 8% over baseline. This response was blocked by pretreatment with NPC-567 and ICI-200,355 (n = 6; P < 0.001), whereas treatment with diphenhydramine hydrochloride, montelukast, or indomethacin failed to block the PPE-induced bronchoconstriction. Consistent with pharmacological data, TK activity in bronchial lavage fluid increased 134 +/- 57% over baseline (n = 5; P < 0.02). We conclude that, in sheep, PPE-induced bronchoconstriction is in part mediated by the generation of bradykinin. Our findings suggest that elastase-kinin interactions may contribute to changes in bronchial tone during inflammatory diseases of the airways.
    Journal of Applied Physiology 10/2000; 89(4):1397-402. · 3.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Emerging evidence suggests that mast cell tryptase is a therapeutic target for the treatment of asthma. The effects of this serine protease are associated with both pathophysiologic pulmonary responses and pathologic changes of the asthmatic airway. In this study, the tryptase inhibitor 1,5-bis-[4-[(3-carbamimidoyl-benzenesulfonylamino)-methyl]-p henoxy]-pentane (AMG-126737) was evaluated for its pharmacologic effects against allergen-induced airway responses. AMG-126737 is a potent inhibitor of human lung mast cell tryptase (Ki = 90 nM), with greater than 10- to 200-fold selectivity versus other serine proteases. Intratracheal administration of AMG-126737 inhibited the development of airway hyperresponsiveness in allergen-challenged guinea pigs with an ED50 of 0.015 mg/kg. In addition, the compound exhibited oral activity in the guinea pig model. The in vivo activity of AMG-126737 was confirmed in a sheep model of allergen-induced airway responses, where the compound inhibited early and late phase bronchoconstriction responses and the development of airway hyperresponsiveness. These results support the proposed role of tryptase in the pathology of asthma and suggest that AMG-126737 has potential therapeutic utility in this pulmonary disorder.
    Biochemical Pharmacology 01/2000; 58(12):1989-96. DOI:10.1016/S0006-2952(99)00304-4 · 5.01 Impact Factor
  • J R Sabater · YM Mao · C Shaffer · M K James · T G O'Riordan · W M Abraham ·
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine whether aerosolized INS316 (UTP) stimulates lung mucociliary clearance (MCC) in sheep and, if so, to compare its effects with INS365, a novel P2Y(2)-receptor agonist. In the first series of studies, we used a previously described roentgenographic technique to measure tracheal mucus velocity (TMV), an index of MCC, before and for 4 h after aerosolization of INS316 (10(-1) M and 10(-2) M) and INS365 (10(-1) M and 10(-2) M), or normal saline in a randomized crossover fashion (n = 6). In a second series of studies, we compared the ability of these agents to enhance total lung clearance. For these tests, the clearance of inhaled technetium-labeled human serum albumin was measured serially over a 2-h period after aerosolization of 10(-1) M concentration of each agent (n = 7). Aerosolization of both P2Y(2)-receptor agonists induced significant dose-related increases in TMV (P < 0.05) compared with saline. The greatest increase in TMV was observed between 15 and 30 min after drug treatment. The highest dose (10(-1) M) of INS316 produced a greater overall stimulation of TMV than did INS365 (10(-1) M). Both compounds, compared with saline, induced a significant increase in MCC (P < 0.05) within 20 min of treatment. This enhancement in MCC began to plateau at 60 min. Although the response to INS316 started earlier, there was no significant difference between the clearance curves for the two compounds. We conclude that inhaled P2Y(2)-receptor agonists can increase lung MCC in sheep and that for P2Y(2)-receptor stimulation TMV accurately reflects changes in whole lung MCC.
    Journal of Applied Physiology 12/1999; 87(6):2191-6. · 3.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor (SLPI) is a naturally occurring protein of human airways that exhibits broad spectrum inhibitory activity against mast cell and leukocyte serine proteases implicated in asthma pathology. To assess the potential therapeutic utility of SLPI in this disorder, its effects on antigen-induced pulmonary responses were evaluated. In Ascaris-sensitized sheep, SLPI (3 mg) administered by aerosol daily for 4 days, with the final dose 0.5 h before antigen challenge, reduced the areas under the curve for early- and late-phase bronchoconstriction (73 and 95%, respectively; p <.05 versus control responses). SLPI also inhibited the development of airway hyperresponsiveness to carbachol (84%, p <. 05 versus control response) measured 24 h after antigen challenge. In ovalbumin-sensitized guinea pigs, intratracheal administration of SLPI daily for 3 days, with the final dose 1 h before antigen challenge, inhibited the development of airway hyperresponsiveness to histamine with an ED50 of <0.05 mg/kg. Prolonged pharmacodynamic activity of SLPI was observed in both species. In a murine model of atopic asthma, SLPI inhibited leukocyte influx into the airways after chronic allergen challenge. SLPI administered to sheep by the predosing protocol described above also prevented the antigen-induced decrease of tracheal mucus velocity (p <.05). In addition, a single aerosol administration of SLPI (30 mg) to sheep 1 h after antigen challenge inhibited the subsequent late-phase bronchoconstriction and development of hyperresponsiveness and reversed the stimulated decrease in tracheal mucus velocity. These results suggest that SLPI may provide therapeutic intervention against the pathophysiology of asthma and its underlying pathology.
    Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 06/1999; 289(2):1007-14. · 3.97 Impact Factor
  • I T Lauredo · J R Sabater · A Ahmed · Y Botvinnikova · W M Abraham ·
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    ABSTRACT: Pyocyanin (Pyo) and 1-hydroxyphenazine (1-HP) are extracellular products of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. To test whether these products were capable of producing an inflammatory response in the airways, combinations of Pyo and 1-HP at concentrations of 10(-4) and 10(-5) M were instilled into sheep airways, and indexes of inflammation were assessed by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) 24 h later. Challenge with the phenazines caused a significant dose-dependent increase in the number of cells and neutrophils recovered by BAL. Control challenges produced no such changes. The lung neutrophilia was accompanied by an increased concentration of albumin in BAL. The increases in BAL neutrophils and albumin could be blocked by treating the sheep with the 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor zileuton. Neither 1-HP nor Pyo was chemotactic to neutrophils when tested in vitro, but when alveolar macrophages (AM) were cultured in vitro in the presence of both Pyo and 1-HP (1 microM), the supernatants caused neutrophil chemotaxis. Analysis of AM culture supernatants incubated with the combination of pigments showed significant increases in leukotriene B4 and interleukin-8, and blocking these mediators separately or together reduced AM supernatant-induced neutrophil chemotaxis. We conclude that local instillation of Pyo and 1-HP can initiate an inflammatory response in the airways of sheep in vivo. This effect can be explained, in part, by the release of chemotactic factors produced by AM.
    Journal of Applied Physiology 01/1999; 85(6):2298-304. · 3.06 Impact Factor
  • T G O'Riordan · Y Mao · R Otero · J Lopez · J R Sabater · W M Abraham ·
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    ABSTRACT: Airway inflammation characterized by neutrophils and free elastase contributes to allergic mucociliary dysfunction. Glucocorticosteroids are the most important anti-inflammatory agents used in the treatment of asthma, but their effect on allergic mucociliary dysfunction is not known. Therefore, we assessed both the prophylactic and therapeutic effects of the glucocorticosteroid budesonide on antigen-induced mucociliary dysfunction in sheep. Tracheal mucus velocity (TMV), a marker of mucociliary clearance, was measured by using a roentgenographic technique. When budesonide was administered either 30 min before or 1 h after airway challenge with Ascaris suum, the antigen-induced fall in TMV at 6 h was prevented. The effects on TMV at 8 and 24 h after challenge were also determined when budesonide and, for comparative purposes, alpha1-protease inhibitor were given 6 h after antigen challenge. Budesonide treatment improved TMV at 8 h, but TMV was not significantly different from antigen alone at 24 h. Treatment with alpha1-protease inhibitor, however, caused only a significant reversal of the antigen-induced fall in TMV at 24 h after challenge; this indicates a more prolonged effect than budesonide. Our results suggest that antiproteases may have a potential role as a therapeutic approach to mucociliary dysfunction in asthma and provide evidence for another means by which glucocorticosteroids contribute to the control of the disease.
    Journal of Applied Physiology 10/1998; 85(3):1086-91. · 3.06 Impact Factor
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    MA Fath · XJ Wu · R E Hileman · R J Linhardt · MA Kashem · R M Nelson · C D Wright · W M Abraham ·
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    ABSTRACT: Protease inhibition by secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor (SLPI) is accelerated by the sulfated polysaccharides. The nature of the SLPI-polysaccharide interaction, explored with affinity chromatography, indicated that this interaction was sensitive to the charge and type of polysaccharide. Dextran and chondroitin had the lowest affinity for SLPI, followed by dermatan, heparan, and dextran sulfates. While heparin bound SLPI tightly, the highest affinity heparin chains unexpectedly contained a lower level of sulfation than more weakly interacting chains. Heparin oligosaccharides, prepared using heparin lyase I were SLPI-affinity fractionated. Surprisingly, undersulfated heparin oligosaccharides bound SLPI with the highest affinity, suggesting the importance of free hydroxyl groups for high affinity interaction. Isothermal titration calorimetry was used to determine the thermodynamics of SLPI interaction with a low molecular weight heparin, an undersulfated decasaccharide and a tetrasaccharide. The studies showed 12-14 saccharide units, corresponding to molecular weight of approximately 4,800, were required for a 1:1 (SLPI:heparin) binding stoichiometry. Furthermore, an undersulfated decasaccharide was able to bind SLPI tightly (Kd approximately 13 nM), resulting in its activation and the inhibition of neutrophil elastase and pancreatic chymotrypsin. The in vitro assessment of heparin and the decasaccharide and tetrasaccharide using stopped-flow kinetics suggested that heparin was the optimal choice to study SLPI-based in vivo protease inhibition. SLPI and heparin were co-administered by inhalation in therapy against antigen-induced airway hyperresponsiveness in a sheep bronchoprovocation model. Heparin, in combination with SLPI demonstrated in vivo efficacy reducing early and late phase bronchoconstriction. Heparin also increased the therapeutic activity of SLPI against antigen-induced airway hyperresponsiveness.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 06/1998; 273(22):13563-9. DOI:10.1074/jbc.273.22.13563 · 4.57 Impact Factor
  • W M Abraham · J R Sabater · S Szelenyi · M Bähre ·
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of an eight day treatment with clinically relevant doses of a fixed combination of the beta 2 mimetic reproterol hydrochloride and disodium cromoglycate with each agent given alone against antigen-induced early (EAR) and late airway responses (LAR) as well as post-antigen-induced airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in allergic sheep. Animals were treated in a randomized fashion with either the inhaled combination (n = 6), reproterol hydrochloride alone (n = 6), disodium cromoglycate alone (n = 6), or placebo (n = 8). Treatments (two puffs from a metered dose inhaler) were given three times a day for 7 days and once on the 8th day 1 h before airway challenge with Ascaris suum antigen. In the placebo trial, antigen challenge resulted in EAR and LAR as measured by increases in specific lung resistance; these changes were followed 24h later by AHR to inhaled carbachol. With respect to the placebo trial, treatment with reproterol hydrochloride reduced the EAR (P < 0.05) and blocked the LAR (P < 0.05), but had no effect on the post-challenge AHR. Treatment with disodium cromoglycate also reduced the EAR (P < 0.05), blocked the LAR (P < 0.05), and blocked the post-antigen-induced AHR (P < 0.05). Treatment with the fixed combination reduced the EAR (P < 0.05), blocked the LAR (P < 0.05), and blocked the post-antigen-induced AHR (P < 0.05). Comparison of the different agents indicated that the fixed combination gave significantly increased protection against the EAR than either agent alone, gave slightly better (P < 0.05) protection against the late response than cromolyn sodium and gave better protection against post-antigen-induced AHR than reproterol hydrochloride alone. These results suggest that a fixed combination of a beta 2-mimetic and disodium cromoglycate provides some increased protection against antigen-induced airway responses when compared to either agent alone in a controlled laboratory setting.
    Pulmonary Pharmacology &amp Therapeutics 02/1998; 11(4):271-6. DOI:10.1006/pupt.1998.0150 · 2.94 Impact Factor
  • J Martinez-Salas · R Mendelssohn · W M Abraham · B Hsiao · T Ahmed ·
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    ABSTRACT: Inhaled heparin prevents antigen-induced bronchoconstriction and inhibits anti-immunoglobulin E-mediated mast cell degranulation. We hypothesized that the antiallergic action of heparin may be molecular weight dependent. Therefore, we studied the effects of three different low-molecular-weight fractions of heparin [medium-, low-, and ultralow-molecular-weight heparin (MMWH, LMWH, ULMWH, respectively)] on the antigen-induced acute bronchoconstrictor response (ABR) and airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in allergic sheep. Specific lung resistance was measured in 22 sheep before and after airway challenge with Ascaris suum antigen, without and after pretreatment with inhaled fractionated heparins at doses of 0.31-5.0 mg/kg. Airway responsiveness was estimated before and 2 h postantigen as the cumulative provocating dose of carbachol in breath units that increased specific lung resistance by 400%. All fractionated heparins caused a dose-dependent inhibition of ABR and AHR. ULMWH was the most effective fraction, with the inhibitory dose causing 50% protection (ID50) against ABR of 0.5 mg/kg, whereas ID50 values of LMWH and MMWH were 1.25 and 1.8 mg/kg, respectively. ULMWH was also the most effective fraction in attenuating AHR; the ID50 values for ULMWH, LMWH, and MMWH were 0.5, 2.5, and 4.7 mg/kg, respectively. These data suggest that 1) fractionated low-molecular-weight heparins attenuate antigen-induced ABR and AHR; 2) there is an inverse relationship between the antiallergic activity of heparin fractions and molecular weight; and 3) ULMWH is the most effective fraction preventing allergic bronchoconstriction and airway hyperresponsiveness.
    Journal of Applied Physiology 02/1998; 84(1):222-8. · 3.06 Impact Factor
  • M Scuri · L Allegra · W M Abraham ·
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    ABSTRACT: In a previous study, a single dose of zileuton (10 mg/kg, po) given 2 h before antigen challenge, had a minimal effect on the antigen-induced early airway response (EAR), although it was effective in blocking the late airway response (LAR). Because our previous data indicated that 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) products contribute to the severity of the antigen-induced EAR in these animals, we hypothesized that the lack of effect of zileuton on the EAR may have had to do with inadequate tissue levels. Therefore, in this study, we determined if multiple dosing with zileuton, which theoretically could improve tissue levels, would provide protection against the antigen-induced EAR as well as the LAR. Each sheep was used in each of the three trials (> or = 15 days apart), the order of which was randomized. For trial 1, the sheep were treated with zileuton (10 mg/kg in 0.1% methylcellulose, p.o.) once a day for 4 days; for trials 2, the sheep were treated with zileuton (10 mg/kg, p.o.) for 2 days; and, for trial 3, the animals were treated with vehicle (0.1% methylcellulose) for 4 days as in trial 1. In all trials, antigen challenge followed 1 h after the last treatment. In the placebo trial, antigen challenge resulted in characteristic EAR (407 +/- 102%, increase over baseline) and LAR (335 +/- 75%, increase over baseline). The antigen-induced effects were completely blocked by the 4-day treatment (EAR = 24 +/- 3%; LAR = 17 +/- 3%, P < 0.05 vs. placebo). In the 2-day trial, the immediate increase in R1, after antigen challenge was only partially blocked (EAR = 163 +/- 16%, P < 0.10 vs. placebo and P < 0.05 vs. 4-day trial), but the late response was completely blocked (24 +/- 3%). The protection against the EAR obtained with the 4-day treatment was significantly better (P < 0.05) than that obtained with the 2-day treatment. The results of this study show that multiple dosing with the 5-LO inhibitor, zileuton, provides protection against the antigen-induced EAR as well as LAR. The effect on the EAR is dependent on the treatment time, with dosing 4 days before antigen challenge providing a more significant effect than either dosing 2 days before challenge (this study) or on the same day as antigen challenge as was seen by us previously. This effect may be related to increased tissue levels of the drug.
    Pulmonary Pharmacology &amp Therapeutics 02/1998; 11(4):277-80. DOI:10.1006/pupt.1998.0149 · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Inhaled heparin prevents antigen-induced bronchoconstriction and inhibits anti-IgE-mediated mast-cell degranulation. We hypothesized that the antiallergic action of heparin may be dependent on molecular weight and related to its nonanticoagulant properties. Therefore, in the present investigation we studied the effects of a nonanticoagulant fraction of heparin (LA-heparin) on antigen-induced bronchoconstriction, airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR), and mast-cell degranulation, and compared its antiallergic activity with that of a low molecular weight heparin (LMW-heparin, fragmin). Specific lung resistance (SRL) was measured in 15 sheep before, immediately after, and serially for as long as 2 h after airway challenge with Ascaris suum antigen, without and after pretreatment with inhaled fractionated heparins at doses of 2.5 and 5 mg/kg. Airway responsiveness was estimated before, and 2 h after antigen as the cumulative provocating dose (PD400) of carbachol in breath units, which increased SRL by 400% (one breath unit was defined as one breath of 1% carbachol solution). LA-heparin caused a dose-dependent inhibition of antigen-induced bronchoconstriction, and a 5-mg/kg nebulized dose caused a 67% inhibition of allergic bronchoconstriction, whereas a 2.5-mg/kg dose was ineffective (20% inhibition). Inhaled fragmin was more potent than LA-heparin, as shown by 84% (2.5 mg/kg) and 82% (5 mg/kg) inhibition of allergic bronchoconstriction. Fragmin (5 mg/kg) also attenuated the postantigen AHR, whereas LA-heparin was ineffective. In vitro, preincubation with both LA-heparin and fragmin inhibited the anti-IgE-induced degranulation of rat peritoneal mast-cells in a dose-dependent fashion. LA-heparin was fourfold more potent than fragmin, with IC50 of 80 and 320 microg/ml, respectively. These data suggest that: (1) fractionated heparins attenuate antigen-induced acute bronchoconstriction, (2) nonanticoagulant fractions mediate the antiallergic activity of inhaled heparin, and (3) antiallergic activity of nonanticoagulant heparin and LMW-heparin may be related to prevention of mast-cell degranulation.
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 07/1997; 155(6):1848-55. DOI:10.1164/ajrccm.155.6.9196085 · 13.00 Impact Factor
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    T G O'Riordan · R Otero · Y Mao · I Lauredo · W M Abraham ·
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    ABSTRACT: Antigen-induced bronchoconstriction is associated with impairment of mucociliary clearance with a time course that is consistent with the initial influx of neutrophils into the airway. In this study we tested the hypothesis that elastase released from activated neutrophils contributes to the acute (0 to 6-hr) antigen-induced mucociliary dysfunction. Tracheal mucous velocity CTMV), an index of mucociliary function, was measured with a roentgenographic technique before and serially after airway challenge with Ascaris suum antigen alone, or after pretreatment with aerosolized alpha1-protease inhibitor (alpha1-PI, 10 mg) or the specific neutrophil elastase inhibitor ICI 200,355 (10 mg). Antigen alone significantly decreased TMV. Treatment with either alpha1-PI or ICI 200,355, given either at 30 min before antigen challenge or 1 h after challenge, significantly attenuated the antigen-induced reduction in TMV at 6 h after challenge, whereas sheep treated with inactivated alpha1-PI were not protected from this antigen-induced event. Inhalation of ovine elastase (obtained from stimulated neutrophils) significantly decreased TMV, and this effect was also blocked by pretreatment with alpha1-PI. Both alpha1-PI and ICI 200,355 inhibited the activity of elastase obtained from stimulated ovine neutrophils. To verify that the neutrophil numbers and elastase activity increased in sheep airways after antigen challenge, nine animals underwent bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) at 2 h and 4 h after instillation of A. summ antigen. Four hours after challenge, the number of neutrophils had increased by 50-fold, and free elastase activity in lavage fluid had increased. These data indicate that the antigen-induced impairment of mucociliary clearance is partly dependent on increased elastase activity, and that elastase inhibitors may be useful in protecting against mucociliary dysfunction.
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 06/1997; 155(5):1522-8. DOI:10.1164/ajrccm.155.5.9154852 · 13.00 Impact Factor
  • W M Abraham · S Laufer · S Tries ·
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    ABSTRACT: ML 3000 is a dual inhibitor of cyclooxygenase (COX) and 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO), two enzymes that contribute to the airway inflammation in asthma. When administered as an aerosol at a dose of 100 mg, 0.5 h before antigen challenge in allergic sheep, ML 3000 provided significant inhibition against the early bronchial response (EAR, mean 33% protection, P<0.05), completely blocked the late antigen-induced bronchoconstriction (LAR, mean 81% protection, P<0. 05) and the airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR, P<0.05) to aerosolized carbachol that occurs 24 h after antigen challenge in this model. Consistent with this functional protection was a small but significant reduction in the percentage of neutrophils recovered in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) at 8 h and 24 h after challenge. These findings are similar to previous data obtained in this animal model with other 5-LO inhibitors (blockade of the LAR and AHR) and COX inhibitors (blockade of AHR). These results suggest that aerosol administration of a dual inhibitor of COX and 5-LO may have beneficial effects in the treatment of allergic airway disease.
    Pulmonary Pharmacology &amp Therapeutics 06/1997; 10(3):167-73. DOI:10.1006/pupt.1997.0090 · 2.94 Impact Factor
  • T Ahmed · J D'Brot · W M Abraham · J Lucio · R Mendelssohn · M J Robinson · S Shakir · B Sanpedro ·
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    ABSTRACT: In preliminary studies we have observed that inhaled heparin blocks antigen-induced airway responses in sheep that develop only acute responses to inhaled antigen (acute responders), but not in sheep that develop both acute and later responses (dual responders). Because heparin is an antagonist of inositol triphosphate (IP3) (one of the pathways involved in stimulus-secretion-coupling in mast cells), the differential effect of inhaled heparin in acute responders and dual responders might indicate the involvement of different signaling pathways during IgE-mediated mast cell reactions. Therefore, in this study we compared the effects of heparin on antigen-induced bronchconstriction, allergic cutaneous reaction, and histamine release into bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL) in sheep that develop only acute responses or dual responses to inhaled Ascaris suum antigen. Specific lung resistance (SRL) was measured in 21 sheep (eight acute responders; 13 dual responders) before and after inhalation challenge with antigen, without and after pretreatment with inhaled heparin (1,000 units/kg). Histamine in BAL was measured by RIA before and after segmental antigen challenge, without and after pretreatment with inhaled heparin (eight acute responders; eight dual responders). In acute responders, mean +/- SE SRL increased by 197 +/- 21% with antigen; this was prevented by inhaled heparin (deltaSRL = 15 +/- 7%; p < 0.05). In dual responders, inhaled heparin had no effect on antigen-induced early (deltaSRL = 328 +/- 51% versus 305 +/- 76%) or late (deltaSRL = 201 +/- 33% versus 163 +/- 15%) responses. After segmental antigen challenge, BAL mean +/- SE histamine increased from 2.09 +/- 0.8 nM to 75.4 +/- 21.1 nM in acute responders and 1.58 +/- 0.7 nM to 66.8 +/- 27.3 nM in dual responders (p < 0.01). Inhaled heparin inhibited the increase in BAL histamine by 81% in acute responders (p < 0.05) and by only 19% in dual responders (p = NS). As was seen in the airways, heparin attenuated the allergic cutaneous reaction in acute responders by 46% (p < 0.05), but it was ineffective in dual responders. In contrast, H-7, a nonspecific protein kinase C inhibitor, attenuated the cutaneous reaction in dual responders by 28% (p < 0.05), but it was ineffective in acute responders. These data suggest that heterogeneity of allergic airway response is related to difference in mast cell signal transduction; IP3 is the predominant second messenger in acute responders, whereas non-IP3 pathways may be involved in dual responders.
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 11/1996; 154(4 Pt 1):843-9. DOI:10.1164/ajrccm.154.4.8887573 · 13.00 Impact Factor
  • R R Lobb · W M Abraham · L C Burkly · A Gill · W Ma · J A Knight · D R Leone · G Antognetti · R B Pepinsky ·
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    ABSTRACT: Evidence for a central role for the integrins alpha 4 beta 1 and alpha 4 beta 7 in leukocyte pathophysiology is rapidly accumulating. Five distinct alpha 4 mAbs, each able to block alpha 4-dependent adhesion in vitro, show beneficial effects in vivo in six different species, and in a wide variety of organ systems, including colon, lung, skin, neural tissue, pancreas, peritoneum, and the vessel wall. In particular, a clear role for these integrins in lung pathophysiology is implied on the basis of in vivo studies in four different species. Although several issues remain to be resolved, including the relative importance of alpha 4 beta 1 and alpha 4 beta 7, and the relative roles of their counterligands, VCAM1, fibronectin, and MAdCAM, the data argue that alpha 4 integrins will likely be critical to both the normal physiology and pathology of the lung in man. To this end, we (Adams, Lin, Lobb, and Gill, unpublished data) and others have generated peptidomimetic small molecule antagonists of VLA4 based on the connecting segment 1 (CS1) peptide sequence of fibronectin that are potent blockers of integrin adhesive function in vitro and show efficacy in vivo. We have found that our inhibitors are excellent blockers of both murine contact hypersensitivity, and of the LPR and AHR in the sheep allergic airways model (Abraham, Lobb, Adams, and Gill, unpublished data), and are therefore possible candidates for clinical intervention in human asthma. The use of the VCAM-Ig fusion protein as a probe for high-affinity alpha 4 integrins has further enhanced our understanding of alpha 4 integrin function in the lung. While integrin upregulation in vitro has been observed many times, and high affinity (as opposed to avidity) of integrins seen in vitro in several systems, in vivo proof of integrin upregulation to a high-affinity state has been difficult to obtain in the absence of selective probes. Our data provide key information in this regard and strongly argue not only that integrin upregulation does indeed occur in vivo, but also that it is in fact obligatory for the leukocyte pathologies we have examined to date. Further studies are clearly warranted to further examine mechanisms of action, and to confirm and extend these studies, both with the alpha 4 integrins and with other integrin families. In summary, our studies of alpha 4 integrins continue to provide novel insights into the pathophysiology of integrin function and into future directions for drug discovery.
    Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 11/1996; 796:113-23. · 4.38 Impact Factor
  • R R Lobb · B Pepinsky · D R Leone · W M Abraham ·
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    ABSTRACT: The alpha 4 integrins are heterodimeric leucocyte cell surface molecules central to their cell and matrix adhesive interactions. The integrin alpha 4 beta 1 interacts with the immunoglobulin superfamily member vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), and with an alternatively spliced form of fibronectin. The integrin alpha 4 beta 7 binds not only VCAM-1 and fibronectin, but also the mucosal addressin cell adhesion molecule (MAdCAM). Certain monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) to the alpha 4 chain of alpha 4 beta 1 and alpha 4 beta 7 can block their in vitro adhesive function. In vivo studies with these MoAbs in lung antigen challenge models in several species demonstrate that alpha 4 integrins play a key role in eosinophil and T-cell recruitment, in the late phase response, and in airways hyperresponsiveness. In particular, MoAb HP1/2 is efficacious in a sheep model of allergic airways challenge, whether given intravenously or as aerosol. To evaluate the mechanism of action of this MoAb, Fab fragments were generated and shown to be equipotent in vitro and as efficacious in vivo as the intact immunoglobulin G (IgG). These data demonstrate that the in vivo efficacy of monoclonal antibody HP1/2 is not due to indirect effects, such as antigen cross-linking, but rather to blockade of alpha 4 integrin adhesive function. Humanized monoclonal antibody or other alpha 4 integrin antagonists may provide novel therapeutics for asthma.
    The European respiratory journal. Supplement 09/1996; 22:104s-108s.
  • J F Molinari · M Scuri · W R Moore · J Clark · R. D. Tanaka · W M Abraham ·
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    ABSTRACT: Allergen-induced bronchoconstriction involves mast cell activation. Tryptase is a mast cell serine protease that is released during this process, but little is known about the action of tryptase in the airway. The purpose of this study was to determine: (1) if aerosolized tryptase causes bronchoconstriction, and (2) the mechanism by which this occurs. We measured mean pulmonary flow resistance (RL) in five allergic sheep before and after consecutive inhalations of 100 and 500 ng tryptase (in 2 ml total volume). Inhaled tryptase at 100 and 500 ng increased RL (mean +/- SE) by 33 +/- 12 and 122 +/- 8% (p < 0.05) over baseline. The response was reproducible upon repeat challenges. These studies were repeated in the same animals after pretreatment with aerosolized APC 366 (9 mg/3 ml), a specific tryptase inhibitor. In APC-366-treated sheep, tryptase increased RL by 10 +/- 3 and 6 +/- 2% (p < 0.05 versus control values) at 100 and 500 ng, respectively. The response to tryptase was also blocked by pretreating the sheep intravenously with the histamine H1-antagonist chlorpheniramine (2 mg/kg), in which RL increased only 5 +/- 4 and 7 +/- 6% after 100 and 500 ng tryptase. APC 366, however, did not block histamine-induced bronchoconstriction. Consistent with these findings was the observation that segmental bronchial challenge with tryptase (1 microgram) resulted in a significant increase in histamine levels in bronchoalveolar lavage. Inhaled tryptase (500 ng) also caused airway hyperresponsiveness to aerosolized carbachol 2 h after tryptase challenge. This tryptase-induced airway hyperresponsiveness could be blocked either by pretreating the sheep with APC 366 (30 min before challenge) or by treating the sheep 30 min after challenge. These results indicate that inhaled tryptase causes bronchoconstriction and airway hyperresponsiveness in allergic sheep by an event that may involve mast cell activation.
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 09/1996; 154(3 Pt 1):649-53. DOI:10.1164/ajrccm.154.3.8810600 · 13.00 Impact Factor

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  • 1980-2003
    • Mount Sinai Medical Center
      New York City, New York, United States
  • 1986-2002
    • University of Miami
      • Department of Medicine
      كورال غيبلز، فلوريدا, Florida, United States
  • 1999
    • Amgen
      • Department of Inflammation Research
      Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
  • 1986-1998
    • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
      • Department of Medicine
      Miami, Florida, United States
  • 1984-1997
    • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
      Borough of Manhattan, New York, United States
  • 1990
    • Universität Basel
      Bâle, Basel-City, Switzerland
    • National Institutes of Health
      • Division of Lung Diseases (DLD)
      베서스다, Maryland, United States
    • University of North Dakota
      Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States