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Correlations between endotoxin, interferon-gamma, biopterin and serum phospholipase A2-activities during lethal gram negative sepsis in rats.

Authors: Hunsicker, A  Kullich, W  Weissenhofer, W  Lorenz, D  Petermann, J  Rokos, H  Schwesinger, G 
Citation: Hunsicker A, etal., Eur J Surg. 1997 May;163(5):379-85.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:9195172

OBJECTIVE: To establish a standardised reproducible animal model of intraperitoneal sepsis, and to investigate early immunoserological responses to find a mediator-based system for evaluation and grading of diffuse peritonitis in patients DESIGN: Prospective experimental study SETTING: 4 Teaching hospitals, Germany and Austria MATERIAL: 42 LEW. 1W rats, 12 of which acted as controls INTERVENTIONS: Gram negative sepsis was induced by intraperitoneal injection of 6 ml of a mixture of Escherichia coli (K1:H+) 10(10) organisms/ml, autogenous haemoglobin 2.9 ml (haemoglobin concentration 3%), 0.9% sodium chloride 3 ml, and suspension 0.1 ml. Control rats were given physiological saline 6 ml alone. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Concentrations of endotoxin, interferon gamma (IFN-gamma), and biopterin, and serum phospholipase A2 (PLA2) activity. RESULTS: There were significant differences between the septic and control rats in concentrations of endotoxin (EU/ml) (median (interquartile range) 21.85 (2.02-159.5) compared with 0, p < 0.0001; IFN-gamma (pg/ml) 1263.0 (271.0-7575.0) compared with 101.0 (89.0-141.0), p < 0.0001; biopterin (nmol/L) 111.0 (66.4-156.3) compared with 53.7 (38.3-67.6), p < 0.001; and PLA2 (U/L) 163.0 (125.8-209.0) compared with 112.5 (88.5-126.5) p < 0.01. CONCLUSIONS: Measurements of concentrations of endotoxin, IFN-gamma, pteridines, and PLA2 activity may well be adequate markers for early recognition of sepsis, and perhaps for grading it during the first 6 hours after induction. The allow a clear distinction to be made between septic and non-septic disorders in 87% of cases.


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RGD ID: 10755747
Created: 2016-02-04
Species: All species
Last Modified: 2016-02-04
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