Endotoxin induces differentiated contractile responses in porcine pulmonary arteries and veins.
ABSTRACT Sepsis-induced lung injury is characterized by pulmonary hypertension, edema and deteriorated gas exchange. As in vivo studies have indicated that bacterial endotoxin predominantly induces a pulmonary venous constriction, we aimed to investigate effects of endotoxin on isolated porcine pulmonary vessels.
Pulmonary arteries and veins were examined using in vitro isometric force recordings. Endothelin-receptor protein expression and distribution were analyzed by Western blot and immunohistochemistry. Freshly isolated preparations and vessels incubated (24 h) with/without endotoxin (10 μg·ml(-1)) were compared. The contractile responses to phenylephrine, UK14.304, U46619, PGF(2α), endothelin-1 (ET-1) and sarafotoxin were recorded, as well as the relaxation in response to acetylcholine, isoproterenol and nitroprusside.
In freshly isolated vessels, phenylephrine-induced contractions had a 5-times larger amplitude in arteries than in veins. The amplitude of the contractions in response to sarafotoxin was nearly 2 times larger in veins than in arteries, but there was no difference in responses to ET-1. Endotoxin markedly reduced phenylephrine-induced contractions in both arteries and veins, whereas the responses to ET-1 and sarafotoxin were augmented in veins only. No apparent changes in ET receptor expression or distribution were detected with Western blot or immunohistochemistry.
Endotoxin differentially and selectively alters the contractile responses of porcine pulmonary vessels in vitro, towards a situation where the α-1 adrenergic responses of arteries are attenuated and the ET responses of veins are augmented. In situations with high adrenergic activity and high circulating ET levels, such as sepsis, these results may provide a mechanism contributing to pulmonary hypertension and edema formation.
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ABSTRACT: Nitric oxide (NO)-associated pulmonary edema is rarely reported in children; in adults, it is often associated with left-sided heart failure. We report a case series of children with NO-associated pulmonary edema, which was defined as new multilobar alveolar infiltrates and worsening hypoxemia within 24 h of initiation or escalation of NO and radiologic or clinical improvement after NO discontinuation. We identified six patients (0.4-4 years old) with ten episodes of NO-associated pulmonary edema. Diagnoses included atrioventricular canal defect with mitral valve disease (n = 2), pulmonary atresia and major aorta-pulmonary collateral arteries (n = 2), total anomalous pulmonary venous return (n = 1), and pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (n = 1). All patients had evidence of pulmonary venous hypertension, and two had mitral valve disease resulting in clinical evidence of left-sided heart failure. Pulmonary edema improved or resolved within 24 h of discontinuing NO. At cardiac catheterization, mean left atrial pressure was <15 mmHg in three of three patients (none with mitral valve disease), whereas pulmonary artery occlusion pressure was >15 mmHg in two of five patients. In conclusion, we describe six young children with NO-associated pulmonary edema and pulmonary venous hypertension. Only two of these children had left-sided heart failure: Left atrial pressure as well as pulmonary artery occlusion pressure may not be helpful in identifying children at risk for NO-associated pulmonary edema.Pediatric Cardiology 10/2012; · 1.20 Impact Factor
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