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Oral salbutamol decreases IL-12 in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11431016     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
IL-12 is a key cytokine for Th1 cell development and may be important in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). The beta2-agonist salbutamol is known to decrease IL-12 production in monocytes of normal individuals through increased intracellular cAMP. In a prospective open-label study, we investigated by flow cytometry the effect of a 2-week long oral salbutamol treatment on monocyte IL-12 production in 21 secondary progressive MS patients. Baseline IL-12 production was higher in patients than in healthy controls. The treatment induced a significant decrease in the percentage of IL-12-producing monocytes and dendritic cells that lasted up to 1 week after treatment interruption. This first report on the use of salbutamol in MS shows that this drug has immunomodulatory properties both in vivo and in vitro, and may be beneficial in the treatment of MS.
K Makhlouf; M Comabella; J Imitola; H L Weiner; S J Khoury
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neuroimmunology     Volume:  117     ISSN:  0165-5728     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neuroimmunol.     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-06-29     Completed Date:  2001-08-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109498     Medline TA:  J Neuroimmunol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  156-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Neurologic Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, 77 Louis Pasteur Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Oral
Adrenergic beta-Agonists / pharmacology*
Albuterol / administration & dosage,  pharmacology*,  therapeutic use
Antigens, CD40 / biosynthesis
Antigens, CD80 / biosynthesis
Bucladesine / pharmacology
Dendritic Cells / drug effects,  metabolism
Interleukin-12 / biosynthesis*
Lipopolysaccharides / pharmacology
Middle Aged
Monocytes / drug effects,  metabolism
Multiple Sclerosis / drug therapy*,  immunology
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Adrenergic beta-Agonists; 0/Antigens, CD40; 0/Antigens, CD80; 0/Lipopolysaccharides; 18559-94-9/Albuterol; 187348-17-0/Interleukin-12; 362-74-3/Bucladesine

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