Galantamine attenuates autoinflammation in a mouse model of familial mediterranean fever

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Mughrabi I. T., Ochani M., Tanovic M., Wang P., Diamond B., Sherry B., ...More

Molecular Medicine, vol.28, no.1, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s10020-022-00571-9
  • Journal Name: Molecular Medicine
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, Chemical Abstracts Core, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Autoinflammation, Inflammatory reflex, Galantamine, Vagus nerve, FMF, Splenomegaly
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022, The Author(s).Background: Autoinflammatory diseases, a diverse group of inherited conditions characterized by excessive innate immune activation, have limited therapeutic options. Neuroimmune circuits of the inflammatory reflex control innate immune overactivation and can be stimulated to treat disease using the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor galantamine. Methods: We tested the efficacy of galantamine in a rodent model of the prototypical autoinflammatory disease familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). Multiple chronic disease markers were evaluated in animals that received long-term galantamine treatment compared to vehicle. Results: Long-term treatment with galantamine attenuated the associated splenomegaly and anemia which are characteristic features of this disease. Further, treatment reduced inflammatory cell infiltration into affected organs and a subcutaneous air pouch. Conclusions: These findings suggest that galantamine attenuates chronic inflammation in this mouse model of FMF. Further research is warranted to explore the therapeutic potential of galantamine in FMF and other autoinflammatory diseases.