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J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Nov 7;48(9):1871-9. Epub 2006 Oct 17.

A novel inhibitory effect of naloxone on macrophage activation and atherosclerosis formation in mice.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We investigated whether naloxone could reduce macrophage activation and influence atherosclerotic lesion formation in mice.

BACKGROUND:

Macrophages play an important role in the inflammatory process in atherosclerosis. Naloxone could inhibit activation of microglia, the resident macrophage in the nervous system.

METHODS:

The anti-inflammatory effect of naloxone was evaluated by stimulating the macrophage cell culture and FVB mice with lipopolysaccharide or oxidized low-density lipoprotein with and without naloxone pretreatment. Apolipoprotein-E (apoE)-deficient mice received naloxone injection for 10 weeks, and the severity of aortic atherosclerosis was measured. The left common carotid arteries of C57BL/6 mice were ligated near the carotid bifurcation. The mice then received naloxone injection for 4 weeks after ligation, and the severity of neointima formation was evaluated.

RESULTS:

Naloxone pretreatment significantly suppressed the production of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin-6, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, and superoxide in macrophages after stimulation. In FVB mice, naloxone reduced the TNF-alpha level in circulation, inflammatory cell infiltration in lungs, and superoxide production in aorta. Naloxone injection significantly decreased the severity of aortic atherosclerosis in the apoE-deficient mice and carotid neointima formation in the C57BL/6 mice after ligation.

CONCLUSIONS:

Naloxone, with its novel anti-inflammatory effect, significantly reduces atherosclerosis and neointima formation in mice.

PMID:
17084265
DOI:
10.1016/j.jacc.2006.07.036
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