A synthetic, non-peptide CXCR2 antagonist blocks MIP-2-induced neutrophil migration in mice

Immunobiology. 2004;209(3):225-33. doi: 10.1016/j.imbio.2004.02.009.


Non-peptide antagonists of chemokine receptors are considered an intriguing alternative for the treatment of acute and chronic diseases. Particularly the recruitment of neutrophils to inflammatory sites often causes harmful side effects and is mediated by chemokine ligands of the CXC chemokine receptor 2 (CXCR2). Hence, this receptor has been proposed as an important target for novel drugs. This study investigates the potential of the non-peptide CXCR2 antagonist SB 455821 to block neutrophil migration in mice. By using bone marrow derived neutrophils we established a migration assay which revealed SB 455821 as a potent inhibitor of macrophage inflammatory protein 2 (MIP-2)-induced neutrophil migration in vitro (IC50-20 nM). In vivo, injection of MIP-2 into the peritoneal cavities of mice markedly increased neutrophil numbers in peritoneal lavages which were reduced to control levels by co-administration of SB 455821 indicating that the compound effectively binds to the receptor under physiological conditions and exhibits biological activity in vivo. Nevertheless, using intraperitoneal injection of zymosan as a complex inflammatory stimulus, SB 455821 was unable to block neutrophil recruitment to the peritoneal cavity of mice possibly due to other chemotactic mediators overruling signals derived from CXCR2 ligands. Our data show that SB 455821 blocks MIP-2-induced neutrophil migration in vitro and after injection in mice suggesting that selective CXCR2 antagonists may be useful drugs in diseases where neutrophil accumulation plays a major role and leads to exacerbation of acute or chronic inflammations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bone Marrow Cells
  • Cell Migration Inhibition
  • Chemokine CXCL2
  • Chemokines / pharmacology*
  • Chemotaxis, Leukocyte / drug effects
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Neutrophil Infiltration / drug effects*
  • Neutrophils / drug effects
  • Neutrophils / immunology*
  • Phenylurea Compounds / administration & dosage
  • Phenylurea Compounds / chemical synthesis
  • Phenylurea Compounds / pharmacology*
  • Receptors, Interleukin-8B / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Zymosan / administration & dosage
  • Zymosan / pharmacology


  • Chemokine CXCL2
  • Chemokines
  • Cxcl2 protein, mouse
  • Phenylurea Compounds
  • Receptors, Interleukin-8B
  • Zymosan