Topical p38 MAPK inhibition reduces bacterial growth in an in vivo burn wound model

Kyros Ipaktchi, Aladdein Mattar, Andreas D. Niederbichler, Laszlo M. Hoesel, Sabrina Vollmannshauser, Mark R. Hemmila, Rebecca M. Minter, Grace L. Su, Stewart C. Wang, Saman Arbabi

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Background: Although the inflammatory response is a prerequisite for wound healing, excessive activation of the innate immune system can induce epithelial cell damage and apoptosis, which may further compromise dermal integrity. In a noninfectious burn wound model, we previously demonstrated that topical inhibition of p38 MAPK, an important inflammatory signaling pathway, attenuated epithelial cell damage and apoptosis. We now question whether attenuating local inflammation would weaken bacterial wound resistance and compromise host defense. Methods: Rats received 30% total body surface area burn, and the wound was treated with topical application of a p38 MAPK inhibitor or vehicle. At 24 hours after injury, burn wounds were inoculated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. At 48 hours postinjury, animals were sacrificed, and the burn wound was analyzed. Results: Inoculating burn wounds induced significant bacterial growth. Dermal inflammatory changes were markedly accentuated in the inoculated animals. Topical p38 MAPK inhibition reduced the proinflammatory cytokine expression in the burn wounds and neutrophil sequestration with or without bacterial inoculation. Interestingly, the bacterial wound growth was significantly attenuated in animals treated with topical p38 MAPK inhibitor. Conclusions: Topical p38 MAPK inhibition attenuated wound inflammation without interfering with bacterial host defense. Attenuation of excessive burn wound inflammatory signaling may prevent secondary damage of the dermal barrier and reduce the growth of opportunistic pathogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-93
Number of pages8
JournalSurgery
Volume142
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

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p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
Wounds and Injuries
Growth
Skin
Epithelial Cells
Apoptosis
Inflammation
Body Surface Area
Wound Healing
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Immune System
Neutrophils
Cytokines

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Ipaktchi, K., Mattar, A., Niederbichler, A. D., Hoesel, L. M., Vollmannshauser, S., Hemmila, M. R., ... Arbabi, S. (2007). Topical p38 MAPK inhibition reduces bacterial growth in an in vivo burn wound model. Surgery, 142(1), 86-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surg.2007.02.007

Topical p38 MAPK inhibition reduces bacterial growth in an in vivo burn wound model. / Ipaktchi, Kyros; Mattar, Aladdein; Niederbichler, Andreas D.; Hoesel, Laszlo M.; Vollmannshauser, Sabrina; Hemmila, Mark R.; Minter, Rebecca M.; Su, Grace L.; Wang, Stewart C.; Arbabi, Saman.

In: Surgery, Vol. 142, No. 1, 01.07.2007, p. 86-93.

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Ipaktchi, K, Mattar, A, Niederbichler, AD, Hoesel, LM, Vollmannshauser, S, Hemmila, MR, Minter, RM, Su, GL, Wang, SC & Arbabi, S 2007, 'Topical p38 MAPK inhibition reduces bacterial growth in an in vivo burn wound model', Surgery, vol. 142, no. 1, pp. 86-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surg.2007.02.007
Ipaktchi K, Mattar A, Niederbichler AD, Hoesel LM, Vollmannshauser S, Hemmila MR et al. Topical p38 MAPK inhibition reduces bacterial growth in an in vivo burn wound model. Surgery. 2007 Jul 1;142(1):86-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surg.2007.02.007
Ipaktchi, Kyros ; Mattar, Aladdein ; Niederbichler, Andreas D. ; Hoesel, Laszlo M. ; Vollmannshauser, Sabrina ; Hemmila, Mark R. ; Minter, Rebecca M. ; Su, Grace L. ; Wang, Stewart C. ; Arbabi, Saman. / Topical p38 MAPK inhibition reduces bacterial growth in an in vivo burn wound model. In: Surgery. 2007 ; Vol. 142, No. 1. pp. 86-93.
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