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1. In this study, the effects of a protein synthesis inhibitor, cycloheximide, and a soluble tumour necrosis factor (TNF) binding/IgG fusion protein, p55-sf2, on the priming and challenge stages of the local Shwartzman reaction (LSR) were assessed and compared with their effects on the acute inflammatory response induced by recombinant human tumour necrosis factor-alpha (rhTNF), lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and a reversed passive Arthus (RPA) reaction in rabbit skin. 2. The LSR was induced in skin by giving an intradermal (i.d.) priming injection of LPS followed by two i.v. challenge injections 20 h and 22 h later. Accumulation of 51-Cr-labelled red blood cells and [125I]-albumin were measured at 24 h as markers of haemorrhage and oedema formation, respectively. 3. The RPA reaction was induced in the rabbit by giving i.d. injections of Arthus anti-serum (anti-bovine-gamma-globulin, BGG) followed 5 min later by an i.v. injection of the antigen (BGG). Oedema formation and the accumulation of 111In-labelled neutrophils produced in the RPA reaction and in response to i.d. injection of rhTNF and LPS were measured over the 4 h period after inducing the responses. 4. A single local injection of cycloheximide (10 micrograms/site) did not inhibit neutrophil accumulation or oedema formation produced by 100% Arthus anti-sera. Although LPS injected i.d. induced a marked dose-dependent neutrophil accumulation, there was little associated plasma leakage. Cycloheximide (10 micrograms/site) did not significantly inhibit the neutrophil accumulation induced by LPS (0.1 microgram/site). In the LSR, priming i.d. injections of LPS caused a dose-dependent increase in haemorrhage and plasma leakage at skin sites after challenge with LPS (two injections of 100 micrograms, i.v.). Co-injection of a single dose of cycloheximide (10 micrograms/site) with LPS (30 micrograms/site) caused a marked reduction in the amount of haemorrhage. Local cycloheximide (10 micrograms/site) administered immediately before LSR challenge did not affect the responses produced in the LSR. 5. Neutrophil accumulation induced by TNF (0.17 micrograms/site) was abolished by co-administration of p55-sf2 (3 micrograms/site) whereas neutrophil accumulation induced by i.d. LPS and produced in the RPA reaction was not affected. In the LSR, haemorrhage and oedema formation were inhibited by p55-sf2 (3 micrograms/site) when it was administered i.d. with the LPS priming injection, but not when given i.d. immediately before LSR challenge. 6. These data suggest that the acute neutrophil accumulation produced in the RPA reaction and in response to i.d. LPS may not be dependent on local protein synthesis or TNF production. On the other hand, haemorrhage appears to be dependent on local protein synthesis during the priming phase but not during the challenge stage of the LSR. Importantly, haemorrhage and plasma leakage appear to be dependent on local TNF generation during the priming phase but not during the challenge stage of the LSR. Thus TNF appears to play a key role in the LSR in rabbit skin.

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Journal article


Br j pharmacol

Publication Date





471 - 478


Animals, Antigens, CD, Arthus Reaction, Blood Proteins, Cycloheximide, Lipopolysaccharides, Neutrophils, Protein Synthesis Inhibitors, Rabbits, Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Type I, Shwartzman Phenomenon, Skin, Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha