The effects of the CXCR2 antagonist, MK-7123, on bone marrow functions in healthy subjects

Nina Hastrup, Sauzanne Khalilieh, David C. Dale, Lars G. Hanson, Peter Magnusson, Anjela Tzontcheva, Jack Tseng, Susan Huyck, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Kim Krogsgaard

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The CXCR2 antagonist MK-7123 causes dose-dependent reductions in absolute neutrophil counts (ANC) and decreases neutrophil tissue responses, but its effects on bone marrow functions are not yet known. We conducted a double-blind, randomized study in 18 healthy subjects comparing the effects of either MK-7123 (30 mg, po, daily for 28 days) or placebo on peripheral blood counts and bone marrow myeloid cell populations. MK-7123 caused a reversible decrease (approximately 50%) in the ANC as demonstrated on days 1 and 28, the first and last days of the treatment period. Bone marrow aspirate smears and biopsy imprints did not differ in the proportion of mature neutrophils in pretreatment, day 28, day 56 or placebo samples. There were no treatment effects on biopsy or aspirate clot cellularity, myeloid to erythroid or myeloid post-mitotic to mitotic ratios; flow-cytometric analyses of aspirate cells; or bone marrow fat to cell balance as assessed by MRI. MK-7123 was generally well tolerated with neutropenia being the most common adverse event; however, there were no clinical symptoms associated with decreased ANCs. These findings indicate that the CXCR2 antagonist MK-7123 causes rapidly reversible decrease in the ANC without measurable myelosuppressive effects. The results support the development of CXCR2 antagonists as potentially useful anti-inflammatory agents, primarily interrupting neutrophil trafficking. © 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197–203
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Neutrophil
  • CXCR2
  • Bone marrow
  • MK-7123
  • Myelopoiesis

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