Effect of exogenous nitric oxide and superoxide on interleukin-8 from human polymorphonuclear leucocytes

Brian H. Cuthbertson*, Helen F. Galley, Nigel R. Webster

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Patients with acute inflammatory lung injury are commonly treated with inhaled nitric oxide. Nitric oxide has profound immunoregulatory effects. Increased concentrations of the cytokine interleukin-8 (IL-8) in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid has been associated with disease severity. We have investigated the effects of a nitric oxide donor and a combined nitric oxide-superoxide donor on lipopolysaccharide-mediated accumulation of IL-8 from cultured human neutrophils. Interleukin-8 was measured in culture supernatant after 20 h using enzyme immunoassay. The combined nitric oxide-superoxide donor, 3-morpholinosydnonimine dose-dependently decreased lipopolysaccharide-mediated IL-8 accumulation (P < 0.01). SIN-1 also decreased IL-8 accumulation from unstimulated neutrophils (P < 0.001). In contrast, the pure nitric oxide donor, 1,2,3,4-oxatriazolium 5-amino chloride (GEA-3162), increased stimulated IL-8 accumulation (P < 0.01) and also increased IL-8 accumulation in unstimulated cells (P < 0.002). Nitric oxide and superoxide have profound effects on IL-8. These results have important implications for the treatment of patients with acute lung injury with inhaled nitric oxide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)714-717
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997


  • Lung, adult respiratory distress syndrome
  • Lung, damage
  • Pharmacology, nitric oxide
  • Polypeptides, cytokines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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