Hemorrhagic shock followed by resuscitation (HSR) causes neutrophil sequestration in the lung which leads to acute lung injury (ALI). Neutrophil elastase (NE) is thought to play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of ALI. This study investigated whether sivelestat, a specific NE inhibitor, can attenuate ALI induced by HSR in rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to hemorrhagic shock by withdrawing blood so as to maintain a mean arterial blood pressure of 30±5 mm Hg for 60 min followed by resuscitation with the shed blood. HSR-treated animals received a bolus injection of sivelestat (10 mg/kg) intravenously at the start of resuscitation followed by continuous infusion for 60 min (10 mg/kg/h) during the resuscitation phase, or the vehicle. Lung injury was assessed by pulmonary histology, lung wet-weight to dry-weight (W/D) ratio, myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, gene expression of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), DNA binding activity of nuclear factor (NF)-κB, and immunohistochemical analysis of intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1. HSR treatment induced lung injury, as demonstrated by pulmonary edema with infiltration of neutrophils, the increase in lung W/D ratio, MPO activity, gene expression of TNF-α and iNOS, and DNA-binding activity of NF-κB, and enhanced expression of ICAM-1. In contrast, sivelestat treatment significantly ameliorated the HSR-induced lung injury, as judged by the marked improvement in all these indices. These results indicate that sivelestat attenuated HSR-induced lung injury at least in part through an inhibition of the inflammatory signaling pathway, in addition to the direct inhibitory effect on NE.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||International journal of molecular medicine|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1 2007|
- Acute lung injury
- Elastase inhibitor
- Hemorrhagic shock
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