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Dynamics of Endotoxin, Inflammatory Variables, and Organ Dysfunction After Treatment With Antibiotics in an Escherichia coli Porcine Intensive Care Sepsis Model
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute.
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Number of Authors: 72018 (English)In: Critical Care Medicine, ISSN 0090-3493, E-ISSN 1530-0293, Vol. 46, no 7, p. e634-e641Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To investigate the dynamics of antibiotic-induced endotoxin liberation and inflammatory response in vivo in a clinically relevant large animal intensive care sepsis model and whether the addition of an aminoglycoside to beta-lactam antibiotic affects these responses.

Design: Prospective, placebo-controlled interventional experimental study.

Setting: University research unit.

Subjects: Thirty-six healthy pigs administered Escherichia coli as a 3-hour infusion.

Interventions: After 2 hours, during E. coli infusion, the animals were exposed to cefuroxime alone, the combination of cefuroxime and tobramycin, or saline.

Measurements and Main Results: Plasma endotoxin, interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, leucocytes, and organ dysfunction were recorded for 4 hours after antibiotic treatment, and differences to the values before treatment were calculated. In vitro experiments were performed to ascertain whether endotoxin is released during antibiotic-induced bacterial killing of this E. coli strain. Despite differences between the treatment arms in vitro, no differences in plasma endotoxin were observed in vivo. Antibiotic-treated animals demonstrated a higher interleukin-6 response (p < 0.001), greater leucocyte activation (p < 0.001), and more pronounced deterioration in pulmonary static compliance (p < 0.01) over time than controls. Animals treated with the combination showed a trend toward less inflammation.

Conclusions: Treatment with antibiotics may elicit an increased inflammatory interleukin-6 response that is associated with leucocyte activation and pulmonary organ dysfunction. No observable differences were detected in plasma endotoxin concentrations. The reduction in cefuroxime-induced endotoxin release after the addition of an aminoglycoside in vitro could not be reproduced in this model.

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2018. Vol. 46, no 7, p. e634-e641
Keywords [en]
antibiotics, cytokines, endotoxin, inflammation, porcine, sepsis
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Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158390DOI: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000003139ISI: 000435290400002PubMedID: 29595561OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158390DiVA, id: diva2:1237788
Available from: 2018-08-10 Created: 2018-08-10 Last updated: 2018-08-10Bibliographically approved

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