Role of PAF receptors during intestinal ischemia and reperfusion injury. A comparative study between PAF receptor-deficient mice and PAF receptor antagonist treatment

Br J Pharmacol. 2003 Jun;139(4):733-40. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjp.0705296.


1 The reperfusion of ischemic tissues may be associated with local and systemic inflammation that prevents the full benefit of blood flow restoration. The present study aimed to confirm a role for platelet-activating factor receptor(s) (PAFR) during ischemia and reperfusion injury by using genetically modified mice deficient in the PAFR (PAFR(-/-) mice) and to evaluate comparatively the effectiveness of pharmacological treatment using the PAFR antagonist UK-74,505 (modipafant). 2 The reperfusion of the ischemic superior mesenteric artery (SMA) induced marked local (intestine) and remote (lungs) tissue injury, as assessed by the increase in vascular permeability, neutrophil influx and intestinal hemorrhage and in the production of TNF-alpha. There was also a systemic inflammatory response, as shown by the increase in serum TNF-alpha concentrations and marked reperfusion-associated lethality. 3 After reperfusion of the ischemic SMA, PAFR(-/-) mice had little tissue or systemic inflammation and lethality was delayed, but not prevented, in these mice. Interestingly, the reperfusion-associated increases in tissue concentrations of IL-10 were significantly greater in PAFR(-/-) than wild-type mice. 4 Pretreatment with PAFR antagonist UK-74,505 (1 mg kg(-1)) markedly prevented tissue injury, as assessed by the increase in vascular permeability, neutrophil accumulation, hemorrhage and TNF-alpha concentrations in the intestine and lungs. In contrast, UK-74,505 failed to affect reperfusion-associated lethality and increases in serum TNF-alpha when used at 1 mg kg(-1). 5 Reperfusion-associated lethality and increase in serum TNF-alpha were only affected when a supra-maximal dose of the antagonist was used (10 mg kg(-1)). At this dose, UK-74,505 also induced a marked enhancement of reperfusion-associated increases in tissue concentrations of IL-10. However, at the same dose, UK-74,505 failed to prevent reperfusion-associated lethality in PAFR(-/-) mice any further. 6 The present studies using genetically modified animals and a receptor antagonist firmly establish a role of PAFR activation for the local, remote and systemic inflammatory injury and lethality which follows reperfusion of the ischemic SMA in mice. Moreover, it is suggested that high doses of PAFR antagonists need to be used if the real efficacy of these compounds is to be tested clinically.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dihydropyridines / administration & dosage
  • Dihydropyridines / pharmacology
  • Dihydropyridines / therapeutic use
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Imidazoles / administration & dosage
  • Imidazoles / pharmacology
  • Imidazoles / therapeutic use
  • Intestinal Diseases / complications
  • Intestinal Diseases / drug therapy
  • Intestinal Diseases / physiopathology
  • Intestines / blood supply*
  • Lung Diseases / complications
  • Lung Diseases / drug therapy
  • Lung Diseases / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Mesenteric Artery, Superior / drug effects
  • Mesenteric Artery, Superior / physiopathology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL / genetics*
  • Platelet Activating Factor / pharmacology
  • Platelet Activating Factor / therapeutic use*
  • Platelet Membrane Glycoproteins / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Platelet Membrane Glycoproteins / genetics
  • Platelet Membrane Glycoproteins / physiology*
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / genetics
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / physiology*
  • Reperfusion Injury / drug therapy
  • Reperfusion Injury / physiopathology*


  • Dihydropyridines
  • Imidazoles
  • Platelet Activating Factor
  • Platelet Membrane Glycoproteins
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • platelet activating factor receptor
  • modipafant