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The EAE-associated behavioral syndrome. II. Modulation by anti-inflammatory treatments

J Neuroimmunol 2003 Apr;137(1-2):100-8
Pollak Y, Ovadia H, Orion E, Yirmiya R.
Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, 91905, Jerusalem, Israel

EAE is associated with sickness behavior symptoms that are temporally correlated with inflammatory processes.

To further elucidate the role of inflammatory mediators in the behavioral syndrome, EAE mice were injected daily with anti-inflammatory drugs, beginning at disease onset.

Dexamethasone or interleukin-1 (IL-1) receptor antagonist or the prostaglandins synthesis inhibitor indomethacin attenuated the behavioral symptoms.

Administration of the tumor necrosis-factor alpha (TNF-alpha) synthesis inhibitor pentoxifylline or targeted deletion of the type I TNF receptor had no behavioral effects whereas administration of pentoxifylline in IL-1ra-treated mice further reversed the behavioral depression.

These findings demonstrate the critical involvement of pro-inflammatory cytokines and prostaglandins in the EAE-associated behavioral syndrome, and may have implications for understanding and treating the neuropsychiatric disturbances in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.