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The effects of drugs on leucocyte changes following the injection of antigen into the peritoneal cavities of actively sensitised rats

  • B. A. Spicer
  • S. M. Laycock
  • H. Smith
Immunosuppression and Inflammation


The injection of antigen into the peritoneal cavities of actively sensitised rats produced an immediate reaction characterised by an increase in concentrations in the peritoneal fluids, collected 5 min later, of extravasated dye labelled plasma proteins, histamine and slow reacting substance of anaphylaxis (SRS-A). Changes were also produced in the numbers of leucocytes in the blood and peritoneal cavity. 5 min after antigen challenge there was a reduction in the number of cells that could be washed from the peritoneal cavity. 4 h after antigen there was an increase in numbers of neutrophils both in the blood and peritoneal washings and these fell to the levels in control rats at 24 h. 24 h after antigen, and continuing for 72 h, there was an increase in numbers of eosinophils and mononuclear cells in the peritoneal washings.

The rats were injected intravenously with sephadex particles to produce a blood eosinophilia at the time of antigen challenge, this increased the numbers of eosinophils migrating into the peritoneal cavity but had no effect on antibody levels, the numbers of other leucocytes or on the immediate reaction.

An inhibitor of lipoxygenase and cyclo-oxygenase metabolism of arachidonic acid, phenidone, at 100 mg/kg p.o., inhibited SRS-A release to control levels, in the immediate reaction, but had not effect on the leucocyte changes. The glucocorticosteroid, dexamethasone, at doses of 0.1 and 1 mg/kg p.o., produced little inhibition of SRS-A release but significantly inhibited neutrophil, eosinophil and mononuclear cell infiltration into the peritoneal cavity. These results suggest that arachidonic acid metabolites released in the immediate reaction are not the prime mediators of the cellular changes. Isoprenaline, at 0.05 and 0.2 mg/kg s.c., inhibited extravasation in the immediate reaction with no effect on histamine release but only the higher dose inhibited neutrophil and eosinophil infiltration into the peritoneal cavity. Aminophylline, at 50 mg/kg p.o., had no effect on the immediate reaction but inhibited the neutrophil infiltration. Disodium cromoglycate (DSCG) at 20 and 100 mg/kg s.c. inhibited the immediate reaction but this had no effect upon the cellular changes taking place after 5 min. Cyproheptadine at 1 mg/kg s.c. inhibited extravasation but had no effect on the cellular changes. It appears therefore that factors other than those derived from the mast cell were responsible for the cellular changes in this system. DSCG at 100 mg/kg s.c. and aminophylline at 25 and 50 mg/kg p.o. prevented the reduction in the number of cells that could be washed from the peritoneal acvity 5 min after antigen challenge.


Histamine Arachidonic Acid Peritoneal Cavity Isoprenaline Cromoglycate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. A. Spicer
    • 1
  • S. M. Laycock
    • 1
  • H. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Beecham Pharmaceuticals Research DivisionBiosciences Research Centre, Great BurghEpsomUK

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