PentaLyte decreases lung injury after aortic occlusion-reperfusion

Robert N. Axon, Manuel S. Baird, John D. Lang, Amy E. Brix, Vance G. Nielsen

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Lung injury often occurs after hepatoenteric ischemia, with xanthine oxidase (XO, an oxidant-generating enzyme), released from reperfusing liver and intestines, mediating a significant component of this injury. Since pentastarch administration decreases intestinal reperfusion injury, we determined whether resuscitation with PentaLyte (a pentastarch-containing solution) would decrease hepatoenteric reperfusion injury, xanthine oxidase release, and concomitant lung injury after aortic occlusionreperfusion. Aortic occlusion was established in rabbits for 40 min, and was followed by 3 h of reperfusion, during which either PentaLyte or lactated Ringer's solution-based resuscitation was administered. Sham-operated animals served as controls. Hepatoenteric reperfusion injury, as manifested by release of the enzyme aspartate aminotransferase and decreased gastric intramucosal pH, was significantly (p < 0.0167) attenuated by PentaLyte administration after aortic occlusion-reperfusion, as compared with its occurrence in animals given lactated Ringer's solution. The release of XO after aortic occlusion-reperfusion was 4-fold smaller after PentaLyte administration than after resuscitation with lactated Ringer's solution (p < 0.05). Pulmonary injury, as defined by an increase in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) protein content and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity, was 4-fold less after PentaLyte administration following aortic occlusion-reperfusion than after administration of lactated Ringer's solution (p < 0.05). We conclude that remote pulmonary injury is significantly decreased by concomitant PentaLyte-mediated reduction of hepatoenteric reperfusion injury and XO release.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1982-1990
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
Issue number6 PART I
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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