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Volume 17 Supplement 4

Sepsis 2013

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  • Open Access

Potential anti-inflammatory role of 2-chloroadenosine treatment during acute lung inflammation in BALB/c mice suffering from Klebsiella pneumoniae B5055-induced acute lung infection

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  • 1 and
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Critical Care201317 (Suppl 4) :P68

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  • Klebsiella Pneumoniae
  • Neutrophil Infiltration
  • Immunomodulatory Agent
  • Lung Homogenate
  • Acid Aspiration


Acute lung inflammation (ALI) is a life-threatening pathology and can develop during the course of several clinical conditions such as pneumonia, acid aspiration or sepsis. Adenosine plays a significant role in controlling acute inflammation via binding to A2A receptors on inflammatory cells; that is, neutrophils or macrophages. The present study was designed to evaluate the anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects of 2-chloroadenosine (2-CADO), alone or in combination with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (AMC), in Klebsiella pneumoniae B5055-induced acute lung infection in mice.

Materials and methods

Acute lung infection in mice was induced by directly instilling the selected dose (104 colony-forming units/ml) of bacteria intranasally. Histopathological examination of the lungs was performed to reveal neutrophil infiltration into the lung alveoli. In addition to the major proinflammatory cytokines TNFα and IL-1α, levels of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 were also determined by ELISA.


Intranasal instillation of bacteria caused profound neutrophil infiltration into the lung alveoli as well as a significant increase in the levels of proinflammatory mediators (that is, TNFα and IL-1α). However, intravenous administration of 2-CADO 10 μg/kg/day, alone or in combination with an antibiotic (that is, AMC 20 μg/ml/day i.p. 1 day after establishment of infection), significantly decreased neutrophil infiltration into the lung alveoli. A significant decrease in TNFα and IL-1α along with elevation of IL-10 levels in the lung homogenate of mice with acute lung infection was observed upon treatment with 2-CADO alone, with no significant decrease in bacterial counts. Moreover in combination with AMC, 2-CADO exhibited its immunomodulatory action in acute lung infection and prevented ALI observed during acute bacterial pulmonary infection, whilst an antibacterial action was exhibited by AMC.


2-CADO proved a potent immunomodulatory agent during acute Gram-negative bacteria-induced ALI and exhibited its anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory potential even in the presence of antibiotics. Thus, it has a potential to be used as an adjunct immunomodulatory agent during acute inflammatory conditions like ALI or sepsis.

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Microbiology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India