Addition of dextran sulfate to blood cardioplegia attenuates reperfusion injury in a porcine model of cardiopulmonary bypass

Banz, Yara; Rieben, Robert; Zobrist, Claudia; Meier, Pascal; Shaw, Sidney; Lanz, Jonas; Carrel, Thierry; Berdat, Pascal (2008). Addition of dextran sulfate to blood cardioplegia attenuates reperfusion injury in a porcine model of cardiopulmonary bypass. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery, 34(3), pp. 653-60. Oxford: Elsevier Science B.V. 10.1016/j.ejcts.2008.05.024

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OBJECTIVE: Contact of blood with artificial surfaces and air as well as ischemia/reperfusion injury to the heart and lungs mediate systemic and local inflammation during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Activation of complement and coagulation cascades leads to and accompanies endothelial cell damage. Therefore, endothelial-targeted cytoprotection with the complement inhibitor and endothelial protectant dextran sulfate (DXS, MW 5000) may attenuate CBP-associated myocardial and pulmonary injury. METHODS: Eighteen pigs (DXS, n=10; phosphate buffered saline [PBS], n=8) underwent standard cardiopulmonary bypass. After aortic cross-clamping, cardiac arrest was initiated with modified Buckberg blood cardioplegia (BCP), repeated after 30 and 60 min with BCP containing either DXS (300 mg/10 ml, equivalent to 5mg/kg) or 10 ml of PBS. Following 30 min reperfusion, pigs were weaned from CPB. During 2h of observation, cardiac function was monitored by echocardiography and invasive pressure measurements. Inflammatory and coagulation markers were assessed regularly. Animals were then sacrificed and heart and lungs analyzed. RESULTS: DXS significantly reduced CK-MB levels (43.4+/-14.8 ng/ml PBS, 35.9+/-11.1 ng/ml DXS, p=0.042) and significantly diminished cytokine release: TNFalpha (1507.6+/-269.2 pg/ml PBS, 222.1+/-125.6 pg/ml DXS, p=0.0071), IL1beta (1081.8+/-203.0 pg/ml PBS, 110.7+/-79.4 pg/ml DXS, p=0.0071), IL-6 (173.0+/-91.5 pg/ml PBS, 40.8+/-19.4 pg/ml DXS, p=0.002) and IL-8 (304.6+/-81.3 pg/ml PBS, 25.4+/-14.2 pg/ml DXS, p=0.0071). Tissue endothelin-1 levels were significantly reduced (6.29+/-1.90 pg/100mg PBS, 3.55+/-1.15 pg/100mg DXS p=0.030) as well as thrombin-anti-thrombin formation (20.7+/-1.0 microg/ml PBS, 12.8+/-4.1 microg/ml DXS, p=0.043). Also DXS reduced cardiac and pulmonary complement deposition, neutrophil infiltration, hemorrhage and pulmonary edema (measured as lung water content, 81+/-3% vs 78+/-3%, p=0.047), indicative of attenuated myocardial and pulmonary CPB-injury. Diastolic left ventricular function (measured as dp/dt(min)), pulmonary artery pressure (21+/-3 mmHg PBS, 19+/-3 mmHg DXS, p=0.002) and right ventricular pressure (21+/-1 mmHg PBS, 19+/-3 mmHg DXS p=0.021) were significantly improved with the use of DXS. CONCLUSIONS: Addition of DXS to the BCP solution ameliorates post-CPB injury and to a certain extent improves cardiopulmonary function. Endothelial protection in addition to myocyte protection may improve post-CPB outcome and recovery.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Heart Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Forschungsbereich Mu50 > Forschungsgruppe Herz und Gefässe

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Banz Wälti, Yara Sarah, Carrel, Thierry, Rieben, Robert






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