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Formyl peptide receptors (FPRs) are mainly expressed on leucocytes and sense microbe-associated molecular pattern (MAMP) molecules, thereby regulating leukocyte chemotaxis and activation. The formyl peptide receptor 2 (FPR2) selective agonist WKYMVm (Trp-Lys-Met-Val-D-Met) has shown potent pro-angiogenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-apoptotic properties. In this study, we investigated whether WKYMVm exhibits bactericidal activity during neutrophil accumulation in acute lung injury (ALI) in mice and determined its cellular signaling pathways in HL-60 neutrophil-like cells. A daily intraperitoneal treatment of ALI mice with WKYMVm (2.5- and 5 mg/kg/d) daily over four days decreased the levels of proinflammatory cytokines TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-1β, while it increased the MPO and NO release by differentiated HL-60 neutrophil-like cells. The IRF1 level and STAT1 phosphorylation at S727 were increased in the lungs of mice with ALI treated with WKYMVm. Lung histology induced by ALI was unaffected by treatment with WKYMVm. In vitro, WKYMVm increased MPO, NO, and SOD activity, as well as IRF1 and STAT1 phosphorylation at Ser727. Taken together, our data suggest therapeutic potential of WKYMVm, via FPR2-dependent regulation of STAT1/IRF1, in ALI. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Hanbyeol Lee, Jooyeon Lee, Youngheon Park, Jae Ho Kim, Oliver Eickelberg, Se-Ran Yang. WKYMVm ameliorates acute lung injury via neutrophil antimicrobial peptide derived STAT1/IRF1 pathway. Biochemical and biophysical research communications. 2020 Dec 10;533(3):313-318

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