AEOL 10150 is a catalytic metalloporphyrin superoxide dismutase mimic being developed as a medical countermeasure for radiation-induced lung injury (RILI). The efficacy of AEOL 10150 against RILI through a reduction of oxidative stress, hypoxia and pro-apoptotic signals has been previously reported. The goal of this study was to determine the most effective dose of AEOL 10150 (daily subcutaneous injections, day 1–28) in improving 180-day survival in CBA/J mice after whole-thorax lung irradiation (WTLI) to a dose of 14.6 Gy. Functional and histopathological assessments were performed as secondary end points. Estimated 180-day survival improved from 10% in WTLI alone to 40% with WTLI-AEOL 10150 at 25 mg/kg (P = 0.065) and to 30% at 40 mg/kg (P = 0.023). No significant improvement was seen at doses of 5 and 10 mg/kg or at doses between 25 and 40 mg/kg. AEOL 10150 treatment at 25 mg/kg lowered the respiratory function parameter of enhanced pause (Penh) significantly, especially at week 16 and 18 (P = 0.044 and P = 0.025, respectively) compared to vehicle and other doses. Pulmonary edema/congestion were also significantly reduced at the time of necropsy among mice treated with 25 and 40 mg/kg AEOL 10150 compared to WTLI alone (P < 0.02). In conclusion, treatment with AEOL 10150 at a dose of 25 mg/kg/day for a total of 28 days starting 24 h after WTLI in CBA/J mice was found to be the optimal dose with improvement in survival and lung function. Future studies will be required to determine the optimal duration and therapeutic window for drug delivery at this dose.
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