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Biological Activity of a Novel Nonpeptide Antagonist to the Interleukin-6 Receptor 20S,21-Epoxy-resibufogenin-3-formate

J Pharmacol Exp Ther 2002 Oct;303(1):104-9
Hayashi M, Rho MC, Fukami A, Enomoto A, Nonaka S, Sekiguchi Y, Yanagisawa T, Yamashita A, Nogawa T, Kamano Y, Komiyama K.
The Kitasato Institute, Tokyo, Japan.

Interleukin (IL)-6 is a key mediator in the regulation and coordination of the immune response and participates in pathogenesis of cancer cachexia, autoimmune disease, and postmenopausal osteoporosis.

In the course of a screening program aimed at IL-6 inhibitor from natural products, we isolated 20S,21-epoxy-resibufogenin-3-formate (ERBF) from bufadienolide and examined the effect of ERBF on activities of various cytokines.

ERBF dose dependently suppressed IL-6 activity and caused a parallel rightward shift of dose-response curves to IL-6 at concentrations of 0.03 to 10 ng/ml.

Analysis of data yields a pA(2) of 5.12 and a slope of 0.99.

Selectivity of ERBF on activity of cytokines was examined using cytokine-dependent cell lines.

ERBF did not affect IL-2-dependent growth of CTLL-2 cells, IL-3-dependent growth of Baf3 cells, or tumor necrosis factor (TNF)alpha-induced growth suppression in TNFalpha-sensitive L929 cells.

ERBF also did not affect IL-4-stimulated expression of FcepsilonR II receptor (CD23) in U-937 cells, the IL-8-induced chemotaxis of human neutrophils, or nerve growth factor-stimulated neuronal differentiation in PC-12 cells.

In contrast, ERBF dose dependently suppressed IL-6-induced neuronal differentiation in PC-12 cells.

Furthermore, ERBF suppressed only IL-6-induced osteoclast formation without affecting osteoclast formation induced by IL-11, leukemia inhibitory factor, and 1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3).

In receptor binding assay, unbound (free) IL-6 was increased in a dose-dependent manner by pretreatment with ERBF on IL-6 receptor (IL-6R), suggesting that ERBF suppresses binding of IL-6 to IL-6R.

These results clearly indicate that ERBF is a novel specific small molecule to show IL-6 receptor antagonist activity.