Key Points

  • Defective proresolving response to acute vaso-occlusive events characterizes murine SCD.

  • Treatment with 17R-RvD1 reduces inflammation and vascular dysfunction in SCD mice.


Resolvins (Rvs), endogenous lipid mediators, play a key role in the resolution of inflammation. Sickle cell disease (SCD), a genetic disorder of hemoglobin, is characterized by inflammatory and vaso-occlusive pathologies. We document altered proresolving events following hypoxia/reperfusion in humanized SCD mice. We demonstrate novel protective actions of 17R-resolvin D1 (17R-RvD1; 7S, 8R, 17R-trihydroxy-4Z, 9E, 11E, 13Z, 15E, 19Z-docosahexaenoic acid) in reducing ex vivo human SCD blood leukocyte recruitment by microvascular endothelial cells and in vivo neutrophil adhesion and transmigration. In SCD mice exposed to hypoxia/reoxygenation, oral administration of 17R-RvD1 reduces systemic/local inflammation and vascular dysfunction in lung and kidney. The mechanism of action of 17R-RvD1 involves (1) enhancement of SCD erythrocytes and polymorphonuclear leukocyte efferocytosis, (2) blunting of NF-κB activation, and (3) a reduction in inflammatory cytokines, vascular activation markers, and E-selectin expression. Thus, 17R-RvD1 might represent a new therapeutic strategy for the inflammatory vasculopathy of SCD.

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