Attenuation of IL-2-induced multisystem organ edema by phalloidin and antamanide

R. Welbourn, G. Goldman, L. Kobzik, C. R. Valeri, H. B. Hechtman, D. Shepro

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Interleukin 2 (IL-2) is a potent cytokine with diverse effects, including the ability to stimulate lymphocyte differentiation into cells capable of lysing tumor. Its therapeutic efficacy is limited because of side effects such as breakdown of the microvascular barrier and edema. Control of the microvascular barrier is in part regulated by endothelial cell cytoskeletal contractile proteins. This study tests whether the cyclopeptides that maintain actin filament organization and distribution and reduce macromolecular flux across the endothelial cell junction in vitro would similarly maintain barrier tightness and prevent early edema produced by IL-2 in vivo. Anesthetized rats were treated at 30-min periods with intravenous saline (0.5 ml, n = 41), phalloidin (20 μg in 0.5 ml, n = 21), or antamanide, (20 μg in 0.5 ml, n = 21), starting 30 min before the 1-h infusion of 106 U of recombinant human IL-2 or saline. Six hours after the start of IL-2, there was edema in the saline/IL-2 group, as measured by increased wet-to-dry ratios (W/D) in the lungs, heart, and kidney. With saline/IL-2, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid contained an elevated protein concentration and higher plasma thromboxane levels compared with controls. The number of neutrophils sequestered in the lungs was more than twice that of saline controls. Phalloidin significantly attenuated edema in lung and reduced BAL protein leak. Antamanide treatment was as effective in limiting lung and heart edema, but, in contrast to phalloidin, antamanide prevented kidney edema and did not lead to an alteration in the liver W/D. Antamanide also prevented BAL fluid protein leak. Both agents lowered plasma thromboxane B2 but did not significantly affect lung sequestration of neutrophils.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1364-1368
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • cyclic peptides
  • cytoskeleton
  • endothelium
  • permeability


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