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Effect of Triggering Receptor Expressed on Myeloid Cells 1 (TREM-1) Blockade in Rats with Cecal Ligation and Puncture (CLP)-Induced Sepsis

Xiaofeng Shi, Yue Zhang, Hao Wang, Sha Zeng

Department of Emergency Medicine, Tianjin First Central Hospital, Tianjin, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2017; 23:5049-5055

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.904386

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Published: 2017-10-23

BACKGROUND: Blocking of TREM-1 signaling improves survival of mice with sepsis induced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. However, whether TREM-1 blockade has beneficial effects in polymicrobial sepsis is poorly understood. Here, we aimed to investigate the effect of modulation of the TREM-1 pathway in rats with polymicrobial sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP).
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Normal Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats with sepsis induced by CLP were allocated randomly to received scramble peptide or LP17 via the jugular vein. Serum level of sTREM-1, IL6, TNF-α, and IL-1β were detected by ELISA assay. The mRNA and protein levels of JAK2 and STAT3 were detected by real-time PCR and Western blot analysis.
RESULTS: STREM-1 concentration was greatly and progressively increased in rats with CLP-induced sepsis, and the increase was attenuated by TREM-1 inhibitory peptide LP17. More than 60% survival was observed in rats at the experiment endpoint after LP17 treatment. TREM-1 blockade also attenuated the increased level of pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-1β, and thus attenuated systematic and distant inflammatory responses. Furthermore, TREM-1 blockade significantly attenuated the increased levels of pJAK2 and pSTAT3.
CONCLUSIONS: TREM-1 blockade by the use of an inhibitory peptide LP17 could prolong survival of rats with polymicrobial sepsis and attenuate systematic inflammatory responses through the JAK2/STAT3 signaling pathway. Our results suggest that modulation of TREM-1 by a synthetic peptide might be a potential therapeutic option for polymicrobial sepsis.

Keywords: Cytokines, Inflammation, Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins, Proteinase Inhibitory Proteins, Secretory, Sepsis