Montelukast, a cysteinyl leukotriene receptor 1 antagonist, induces m2 macrophage polarization and inhibits murine aortic aneurysm formation

Yohei Kawai, Yuji Narita, Aika Yamawaki-Ogata, Akihiko Usui, Kimihiro Komori

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Background. The pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is characterized by atherosclerosis with chronic inflammation in the aortic wall. Montelukast is a selective cys-LT 1 receptor antagonist that can suppress atherosclerotic diseases. We evaluated the in vitro properties of montelukast and its in vivo activities in an angiotensin II-infused apolipoprotein E-deficient (apoE-/-) AAA mouse model. Methods. The mouse monocyte/macrophage cell line J774A.1 was used in vitro. M1 macrophages were treated with montelukast, and gene expressions of inflammatory cytokines were measured. Macrophages were cultured with montelukast, then gene expressions of arginase-1 and IL (interleukin)-10 were assessed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction, arginase-1 was measured by fluorescence-activated cell sorting, and IL-10 concentration was analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. In vivo, one group (Mont, n=7) received oral montelukast (10 mg/kg/day) for 28 days, and the other group (Saline, n=7) was given normal Saline as a control for the same period. Aortic diameters, activities of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), cytokine concentrations, and the number of M2 macrophages were analyzed. Results. Relative to control, montelukast significantly suppressed gene expressions of MMP-2, MMP-9, and IL-1β, induced gene expressions of arginase-1 and IL-10, enhanced the expression of the arginase-1 cell surface protein, and increased the protein concentration of IL-10. In vivo, montelukast significantly decreased aortic expansion (Saline vs Mont; 2.44 ± 0.15 mm vs 1.59 ± 0.20 mm, P<.01), reduced MMP-2 activity (Saline vs Mont; 1240 μM vs 755 μM, P<.05), and induced infiltration of M2 macrophages (Saline vs Mont; 7.51 % vs 14.7 %, P<.05). Conclusion. Montelukast induces M2 macrophage polarization and prevents AAA formation in apoE-/- mice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9104680
JournalBioMed Research International
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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