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Combined Biological Effects of N-Bromotaurine Analogs and Ibuprofen. Part I: Influence on Inflammatory Properties of Macrophages

  • Maria Walczewska
  • Marta Ciszek-Lenda
  • Angelika Peruń
  • Aneta Kiecka
  • Katarzyna Nazimek
  • Anthony Kyriakopoulos
  • Markus Nagl
  • Waldemar Gottardi
  • Janusz MarcinkiewiczEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1155)


Taurine haloamines (N-chlorotaurine, N-bromotaurine) due to their strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties are good candidates for topical application in treatment of skin inflammatory/infectious disorders. Recently, we have demonstrated that more stable N-bromotaurine analogs (N-dibromo-dimethyl taurine, N-monobromo-dimethyl taurine) and bromamine T show strong microbicidal and anti-inflammatory properties at concentrations well tolerated by human cells and tissue. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitory activity are commonly used in various inflammatory diseases. However, systemic administration of NSAIDs may result in adverse side effects. For example, the use of ibuprofen in children with varicella is associated with enhanced serum levels of TNF-α and with increased risk of necrotizing soft tissue infections and secondary skin infections caused by invasive streptococci. The aim of this study was to examine combined immunomodulatory effects of bromamines and ibuprofen on J774.A1 macrophages. We have shown that the primary activity of ibuprofen, the inhibition of PGE2 production by activated macrophages was intensified in the presence of bromamines. Most importantly, the stimulatory effect of ibuprofen on production of inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-6) was inhibited by all tested bromamines. These observations indicate that bromamines may neutralize massive production of TNF-α at sites of inflammation, a side effect of ibuprofen. Therefore, we suggest that systemic administration of ibuprofen (NSAIDs) in treatment of inflammatory/infectious skin diseases should be supported by topical application of bromamines as an adjunctive therapy.


Taurine N-bromotaurine analogs Bromamine T Ibuprofen Inflammation soft-tissue infections S. pyogenes 





hypobromous acid


N-bromotaurine, taurine bromamine


(Br-622) N-monobromo-dimethyltaurine


(Br-422) N-dibromo-dimethyltaurine


bromamine T, N-bromo-N-sodio-p-toluenesulfonamide




non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs




prostaglandin E2


tumor necrosis factor


murine macrophage cell line

S. pyogenes

Streptococcus pyogenes


half maximal inhibitory concentration



This study was supported by grants from the Jagiellonian University Medical College (grant no. K/ZDS/005454). We would like to thank Małgorzata Śróttek for a technical support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Walczewska
    • 1
  • Marta Ciszek-Lenda
    • 1
  • Angelika Peruń
    • 1
  • Aneta Kiecka
    • 1
  • Katarzyna Nazimek
    • 1
  • Anthony Kyriakopoulos
    • 2
  • Markus Nagl
    • 3
  • Waldemar Gottardi
    • 3
  • Janusz Marcinkiewicz
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Chair of ImmunologyJagiellonian University Medical CollegeKrakowPoland
  2. 2.Nasco AD Biotechnology LaboratoryPiraeusGreece
  3. 3.Division of Hygiene and Medical MicrobiologyMedical University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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