CXCR2 antagonist attenuates neutrophil transmigration into brain in a murine model of LPS induced neuroinflammation

Fengjiao Wu, Xiaofen Chen, Liqian Zhai, Hongtao Wang, Meiqun Sun, Chuanwang Song, Ting Wang, Zhongqing Qian

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Sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE) is a devastating neurological complication of sepsis with intolerable high motility. SAE is accompanied with brain vascular injury, endothelial hyperpermeability, and neutrophil infiltration into the brain tissue, key inflammatory processes leading to further brain edema and neuronal cell apoptosis. Recent studies from us and others suggest that the chemokine receptor C-X-C Motif Chemokine Receptor 2 (CXCR2) is crucial for neutrophil recruitment during SAE. Here we use CXCR2 antagonist SB225002 to characterize the role of CXCR2 in brain infiltration of neutrophil in a murine model of SAE. Systemic administration of high-dose LPS (10 mg/kg) induced evident neutrophil infiltration into the cerebral cortex in wild-type mice. However, CXCR2 antagonist SB225002 markedly attenuated neutrophil infiltration into brain. The CXCR2 expression on neutrophils in the peripheral circulation was dramatically downregulated in response to this LPS dose, and endothelial CXCR2 was significantly upregulated, suggesting endothelial but not neutrophil CXCR2 plays a more important role in neutrophil infiltration into brain. Strikingly, although these CXCR2 antagonist SB225002 treated mice displayed reduced neutrophil infiltration, no change in neutrophil rolling and adhesion was observed. Furthermore, we confirmed that CXCR2 agonist CXCL1 induced a marked increase in actin stress fiber synthesis and paracellular gap formation in cultured cerebral endothelial cells, which is attenuated by SB225002. Thus, these results demonstrate a selective role for endothelial CXCR2 to regulate cerebral vascular permeability and neutrophil transmigration in high-dose LPS induced neuroinflammation, and also suggest a therapeutic potential of CXCR2 antagonist SB225002 in SAE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)839-845
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 27 2020


  • CXCR2
  • Endothelial activation
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Neutrophil migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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