Hydroxynimesulide, the main metabolite of nimesulide, prevents hydroperoxide/hemoglobin-induced hemolysis of rat erythrocytes.

The protective effect of hydroxynimesulide, the main metabolite of the nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug nimesulide, on red blood cells (RBCs, 0.2%; 3.5 x 10(7) cell/ml) hemolysis induced by cumene hydroperoxide (CuOOH; 50 microM) was evaluated by turbidimetric and morphological analyses. Hydroxynimesulide inhibits the CuOOH-induced hemolysis in a dose dependent fashion: the protective effect, calculated after 150 min incubation (100% hemolysis in the controls), starts at 1 micron (% hemolysis 85.2 +/- 3.4%) and increases at the higher concentrations (63.5 +/- 3.9% at 5 microM; 43.5 +/- 6.3% at 10 microM; and, 14.5 +/- 4.3% at 20 microM). In addition, in the samples protected with 10 microM and 20 microM, there is a significant delay (30 and 60 min) in the onset of the hemolytic response. Inhibition of hemolysis is the result of protection of RBC membrane integrity, both on lipid (cis-Parinaric acid fluorescence quenching was delayed by 53 +/- 10 sec vs. the controls at 1 micron, by 115 +/- 15 sec at 5 microM, with a lag phase of 240 +/C- 18 sec at 10 microM) and protein constituents, as determined by SDS-PAGE electrophoresis. In hemolysis experiments, the efficacy of hydroxynimesulide is comparable to that of alpha-tocopherol and a cooperative interaction between hydroxynimesulide and alpha-tocopherol (both at 10 microM) has been observed. These results indicate that hydroxynimesulide protects RBC membranes by directly quenching reactive oxygen species generated by hemoglobin/peroxide interaction. Evidence for a direct radical scavenging intervention of the metabolite comes from HPLC studies, which demonstrate a time-dependent consumption of hydroxynimesulide, with the concomitant formation of two main reaction (addition/oxidation) products.
AuthorsR Maffei Facino, M Carini, G Aldini, M T Calloni
JournalDrugs under experimental and clinical research (Drugs Exp Clin Res) Vol. 23 Issue 5-6 Pg. 157-65 ( 1997) ISSN: 0378-6501 [Print] SWITZERLAND
PMID9515225 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Benzene Derivatives
  • Hemoglobins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • Sulfonamides
  • 4-nitro-2-(4'-hydroxyphenoxy)methanesulfonanilide
  • cumene hydroperoxide
  • nimesulide
  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal (metabolism, pharmacology)
  • Benzene Derivatives (antagonists & inhibitors, metabolism, toxicity)
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Drug Interactions
  • Erythrocyte Membrane (drug effects, metabolism)
  • Erythrocytes (drug effects)
  • Hemoglobins (metabolism, toxicity)
  • Hemolysis (drug effects)
  • Male
  • Membrane Proteins (blood)
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Reactive Oxygen Species (metabolism)
  • Sulfonamides (metabolism, pharmacology)

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