Anti-inflammatory effects of phosphatidylcholine in neutrophil leukocyte-dependent acute arthritis in rats

Petra Hartmann, Andrea Szabó, Gábor Eros, Dóra Gurabi, G. Horváth, István Németh, M. Ghyczy-, M. Borós

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We investigated the effects of exogenous phosphatidylcholine (PC) and non-steroidal diclofenac supplementation on polymorphonuclear cell influx in carrageenan-induced arthritis in rats. The microcirculatory consequences were evaluated by a novel method developed for direct intravital microscopic observation of the synovial membrane. Arthritis was induced by injection of a mixture of 2% λ-carrageenan and 4% kaolin into the knee joints and the animals were treated orally with PC (150 mg/kg twice daily), sodium diclofenac (0.5 mg/kg twice daily) or saline vehicle. Intravital videomicroscopy was used to investigate the leukocyte-endothelial interactions directly in the synovial membrane at 6 h after the challenge. The inflammation-induced thermal and mechanical secondary hyperalgesic reactions were assessed at 24 h, and the knee volume changes at 48 h after the insult. The development of arthritis was accompanied by a significant increase in the number of adherent leukocytes in the synovial postcapillary venules, but this increase was reduced significantly (by ∼ 40%) by PC, and slightly (by 22%) by diclofenac treatment. The perivascular infiltration of the neutrophil leukocytes and the intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) expressions were reduced only by PC treatment. The significant decrease (45%) in the thermal nociceptive latency, the 3-fold increase in the mechanical touch sensitivity and the knee cross-sectional area (which was increased by 35% by the arthritis induction) were significantly ameliorated by both treatments. The present study demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effects of PC in experimental arthritis. The therapeutic potential may be linked to the reduction of neutrophil leukocyte-mediated microcirculatory inflammatory reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-64
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Volume622
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 10 2009

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Phosphatidylcholines
Arthritis
Neutrophils
Leukocytes
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Diclofenac
Synovial Membrane
Carrageenan
Knee
Hot Temperature
Kaolin
Video Microscopy
Experimental Arthritis
Venules
Neutrophil Infiltration
Touch
Cell Adhesion Molecules
Intercellular Adhesion Molecule-1
Therapeutics
Knee Joint

Keywords

  • Carrageenan
  • Diclofenac
  • ICAM-1
  • Microcirculation intravital videomicroscopy
  • Synovium

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  • Pharmacology

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Anti-inflammatory effects of phosphatidylcholine in neutrophil leukocyte-dependent acute arthritis in rats. / Hartmann, Petra; Szabó, Andrea; Eros, Gábor; Gurabi, Dóra; Horváth, G.; Németh, István; Ghyczy-, M.; Borós, M.

In: European Journal of Pharmacology, Vol. 622, No. 1-3, 10.11.2009, p. 58-64.

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