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Sub-acute treatment of rats with dexamethasone reduces ICAM-1 levels on circulating monocytes

Tailor, Anitaben and Das, Anuk M. and Getting, Stephen J. and Flower, Roderick J. and Perretti, Mauro (1997) Sub-acute treatment of rats with dexamethasone reduces ICAM-1 levels on circulating monocytes. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 231 (3). pp. 675-678. ISSN 0006-291X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/bbrc.1997.6168


We report for the first time thatin vivotreatment with dexamethasone (DEX) reduces levels of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) expression on rat circulating unstimulated monocytes (−55%) and peritoneal macrophages (−26%). This effect was present following sub-acute (5 days) treatment with a low dose (0.1 mg/kg per day), but not after single administration of a high dose (1 mg/kg, −2 h), of the steroid. Both acute and sub-acute treatment with DEX failed to modify either basal or up-regulated CD11b expression on peripheral blood monocytes and neutrophils, elastase release from neutrophils, and β-glucuronidase release from cultured macrophages. The lack of alteration of CD11b expression on circulating leukocytes suggests that the effect of DEX on ICAM-1 expression is secondary to gene repression rather than a non-specific blockade of cell differentiation. These data promote the concept that different dose-regimens with glucocorticoids affect distinct molecular targets and indicate that clinically-related protocols of DEX may reveal new mechanism(s) of action.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
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