Inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 promotes the stimulatory action of adenosine A₃ receptor agonist on hematopoiesis in sublethally γ-irradiated mice.

Mouse hematopoiesis, suppressed by a sublethal dose of ionizing radiation, was the target for combined therapy with a cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor meloxicam and an adenosine A₃ receptor agonist IB-MECA. The drugs were administered in an early postirradiation treatment regimen: meloxicam was given in a single dose 1hour after irradiation, IB-MECA in… CONTINUE READING