Background: Small molecules as shown by VX809 can rescue the mislocalization of F508del-CFTR. The aim of this study was to identify correctors with a clinical history and their targets of action. Methods: CFTR correctors were screened using two F508del-CFTR expressing cell based HTS assays. Electrophysiological studies using CFBE41o- and HBE cells and in-vivo mouse assays confirmed CFTR rescue. The target of action was attained using pharmacological inhibitors and siRNA to specific genes. Results: Ibuprofen was identified as a CFTR corrector. Ibuprofen treatment of polarized CFBE41o- monolayers increased the short-circuit current (Isc) response to stimulation. In vivo CF mice treatment with ibuprofen restored the CFTR trafficking. SiRNA knock down of cyclooxygenase expression caused partial F508del-CFTR correction. Conclusion: These studies show that ibuprofen is a CFTR corrector and that it causes correction by COX-1 inhibition. Hence ibuprofen may be suitable to be part of a future CF combination therapy.
- Cystic fibrosis
- Protein folding
- Protein trafficking
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine