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Chem Biol Interact. 2017 Dec 25;278:92-100. doi: 10.1016/j.cbi.2017.10.016. Epub 2017 Oct 14.

Antiseptic effects of dabrafenib on TGFBIp-induced septic responses.

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Department of Cosmetic Science and Technology, Seowon University, Cheongju 28674, Republic of Korea.
College of Pharmacy, CMRI, Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, BK21 Plus KNU Multi-Omics based Creative Drug Research Team, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:


Transforming growth factor-β-induced protein (TGFBIp), an extracellular protein, is expressed on several cell types in response to TGF-β stimulation. Human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC)-derived TGFBIp functions as a mediator of sepsis. Screening of bioactive compound libraries is an effective approach for repositioning FDA-approved drugs or discovering new treatments for human diseases (drug repositioning). Dabrafenib (DAB), a B-Raf inhibitor, was initially used for treating metastatic melanoma. The present study determined whether DAB modulated TGFBIp-mediated septic responses in HUVECs and in mice. Antiseptic functions of DAB were examined by measuring permeability, leukocyte adhesion and migration, and proinflammatory protein activation in TGFBIp-stimulated HUVECs and mice. In addition, beneficial effects of DAB on survival rate were examined using a mouse model of sepsis. We found that DAB inhibited TGFBIp-induced vascular barrier disruption, cell adhesion molecule (CAM) expression, and neutrophil adhesion/transendothelial migration toward human endothelial cells. DAB also suppressed TGFBIp-induced hyperpermeability and leukocyte migration in vivo. These results suggest that DAB exerts anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting hyperpermeability, CAM expression, and leukocyte adhesion and migration, indicating its utility for treating vascular inflammatory diseases.


Dabrafenib; Inflammation; Sepsis; TGFBIp

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