, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 133–142 | Cite as

Functional characterization of rat chemokine macrophage inflammatory protein-2

  • Charles W. Frevert
  • Anthony Farone
  • Hadi Danaee
  • Joseph D. Paulauskis
  • Lester Kobzik
Original Articles


Expression of mRNA for the C-X-C chemokine, macrophage inflammatory protein-2 (MIP-2), is induced during acute inflammation in rat models of disease. We have characterized the phlogistic potential of rat recombinant MIP-2 (rMIP-2) protein in vitro and in vivo. Recombinant MIP-2 caused marked PMN chemotaxis in vitro, with peak chemotactic activity at 10 nM. Incubation of whole blood with rMIP-2 caused a significant loss of L-selectin and a significant increase in Mac-1 expression on the PMN surface. Under similar conditions rMIP-2 also caused a modest respiratory burst in PMNs. The intratracheal instillation of 10 and 50μg of rMIP-2 caused a significant influx of PMNs into the airspace of the lungs. Rat MIP-2 is a potent neutrophil chemotactic factor capable of causing neutrophil activation and is likely to function in PMN recruitment during acute inflammation in rat disease models.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles W. Frevert
    • 1
  • Anthony Farone
    • 1
  • Hadi Danaee
    • 1
  • Joseph D. Paulauskis
    • 1
  • Lester Kobzik
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Physiology ProgramHarvard School of Public HealthUSA
  2. 2.Department of PathologyBrigham and Women's HospitalBoston

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