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Intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury causes pulmonary endothelial cell ATP depletion. Ann Surg 1993 Jan;217(1):48-56 PMID: 8424700 PMCID: PMC1242733

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Intestinal ischemia-reperfusion is a common clinical event associated with both clinical and experimental distant organ injury. In particular, the pulmonary microvasculature appears to be susceptible to injury resulting from systemic inflammatory mediator activation. This study was designed to evaluate the hypothesis that noncellular humoral factors associated with intestinal ischemia-reperfusion result in pulmonary endothelial cell adenosine triphosphate (ATP) depletion. Male Sprague-Dawley rats had intestinal ischemia induced by microvascular clip occlusion of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) for 120 minutes. Reperfusion resulted from superior mesenteric artery clip removal. After reperfusion for 0, 15, or 30 minutes, plasma samples were obtained from the portal vein. Monolayers of cultured rat pulmonary artery endothelial cells then were incubated with the plasma samples. Adenosine triphosphate levels were determined using a luciferin-luciferase assay. A 51Cr-release assay using labeled endothelial cells was performed under identical conditions to assess cytotoxicity. Potential mechanisms of ATP depletion were evaluated by analysis of cellular energy charge and assessment of microfilament architecture. Endothelial cell ATP levels decreased from 2.23 +/- 0.16 x 10(-11) moles/microgram DNA in sham preparations to 1.23 +/- 0.09 x 10(-11) moles/microgram DNA (p < 0.001) after 4 hours in plasma from animals undergoing 120 minutes of intestinal ischemia. For plasma obtained after 15 minutes of reperfusion, the decrease in cellular ATP concentration persisted (1.23 +/- 0.27 x 10(-11) moles/microgram DNA, p < 0.001 vs. sham). After 30 minutes' reperfusion, cellular ATP levels increased only slightly after the 4-hour incubation (1.39 +/- 0.26 x 10(-11) moles/microgram DNA, p < 0.005 vs. sham). No significant cytotoxic injury occurred in any group when compared with controls. Cellular energy charge was unchanged, and microfilament architecture was preserved. These data confirm the hypothesis that humoral factors, independent of the neutrophil, result in endothelial cell ATP depletion without metabolic inhibition or cell death. Depletion of energy stores by noncellular humoral factors may represent an early event that predisposes the cell to more severe injury by other mediators of the endogenous inflammatory response.

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Gerkin TM, Oldham KT, Guice KS, Hinshaw DB, Ryan US


Keith T. Oldham MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Actin Cytoskeleton
Adenosine Triphosphate
Cells, Cultured
Endothelium, Vascular
Energy Metabolism
Pulmonary Artery
Rats, Sprague-Dawley
Reperfusion Injury
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