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Xiong C.,Georgia Regents University | Xiong C.,Hubei University | Yang G.,Georgia Regents University | Kumar S.,Georgia Regents University | And 14 more authors.
Vascular Pharmacology

Listeriosis can lead to potentially lethal pulmonary complications in newborns and immune compromised patients, characterized by extensive permeability edema. Listeriolysin (LLO), the main virulence factor of Listeria monocytogenes, induces a dose-dependent hyperpermeability in monolayers of human lung microvascular endothelial cells in vitro. The permeability increasing activity of LLO, which is accompanied by an increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, RhoA activation and myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation, can be completely inhibited by the protein kinase C (PKC) α/β inhibitor GÖ6976, indicating a crucial role for PKC in the induction of barrier dysfunction. The TNF-derived TIP peptide, which mimics the lectin-like domain of the cytokine, blunts LLO-induced hyperpermeability in vitro, upon inhibiting LLO-induced protein kinase C-α activation, ROS generation and MLC phosphorylation and upon restoring the RhoA/Rac 1 balance. These results indicate that the lectin-like domain of TNF has a potential therapeutic value in protecting from LLO-induced pulmonary endothelial hyperpermeability. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

Schwameis R.,Medical University of Vienna | Eder S.,Medical University of Vienna | Pietschmann H.,Apeptico GmbH | Fischer B.,Apeptico GmbH | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

AP301 is an activator of ENaC-mediated Na+ uptake for the treatment of pulmonary permeability edema in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The purpose of this "first-in-man" study was to examine local and systemic safety and systemic exposure of ascending single doses of AP301, when inhaled by healthy male subjects. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 48 healthy male subjects were randomized to 6 ascending dose groups (single doses up to 120 mg) of 8 subjects each (3:1 randomization of AP301: placebo). Serial assessments included spirometry, exhaled nitric oxide (eNO), vital signs, ECG, safety laboratory, adverse events (AE), and blood samples for the quantification of AP301 in plasma. Descriptive statistics was applied. All 48 subjects received treatment, and completed the study as per protocol. No serious, local (e.g., hoarseness, cough, bronchospasm), or dose-limiting AEs were noted. None of the assessments indicated notable dose or time-related alterations of safety outcomes. Observed AP301 systemic exposure levels were very low, with mean Cmax values of <2.5 ng/mL in the highest dose groups. Inhaled AP301 single doses up to 120 mg were safe and well tolerated by healthy male subjects. Distribution of inhaled AP301 was largely confined to the lung, as indicated by very low AP301 systemic exposure levels. © 2013, The American College of Clinical Pharmacology. Source

Shabbir W.,University of Vienna | Shabbir W.,Apeptico GmbH | Tzotzos S.,Apeptico GmbH | Bedak M.,University of Vienna | And 11 more authors.
Biochemical Pharmacology

Dysfunction of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC), which regulates salt and water homeostasis in epithelia, causes several human pathological conditions, including pulmonary oedema. This is a potentially lethal complication of acute lung injury at least partially caused by dysfunctional alveolar liquid clearance, which in turn impairs alveolar gas exchange. Solnatide (named TIP-peptide, AP301), a 17 residue peptide mimicking the lectin-like domain of TNF has been shown to activate ENaC in several experimental animal models of acute lung injury and is being evaluated as a potential therapy for pulmonary oedema. The peptide has recently completed phase 1 and 2a clinical trials. In this study, we identify a glycosylation-dependent mechanism that preserves ENaC function and expression. Since our previous data suggested that the pore-forming subunits of ENaC are essential for maximal current activation by solnatide, we performed single- and multi-N-glycosylation site mutations in αN232,293,312,397,511Q- and δN166,211,384Q-subunits, in order to identify crucial residues for interaction with solnatide within the extracellular loop of the channel. Additionally, we generated αL576X and αN232,293,312,397,511Q,L576X deletion mutants of ENaC-α, since we have previously demonstrated that the carboxy terminal domain of this subunit is also involved in its interaction with solnatide. In cells expressing αN232,293,312,397,511Q,L576Xβγ-hENaC or δN166,311,384Q,D552Xβγ-hENaC activation by solnatide, as measured in whole cell patch clamp mode, was completely abolished, whereas it was attenuated in αL576Xβγ-hENaC- and δD552Xβγ-hENaC-expressing cells. Taken together, our findings delineate an N-glycan dependent interaction between the TIP-peptide and ENaC leading to normalization of both sodium and fluid absorption in oedematous alveoli to non-oedematous levels. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. Source

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