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  1. D. O. Burdette1,
  2. S. A. Nonas2,
  3. I. Miller2,
  4. A. A. Birukova1,
  5. S. Chatchavalvanich1,
  6. J. G.N. Garcia1,
  7. K. G. Birukov1
  1. 1 Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL;
  2. 2 Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


Purpose of Study Acute lung injury (ALI) is a devastating syndrome characterized by pulmonary inflammation and vascular barrier dysfunction with protein-rich edema. Mechanical ventilation at high tidal volumes can worsen existing ALI and even cause ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) de novo. Previous studies have demonstrated that oxidized 1-palmitoyl-2-arachidonoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphorylcholine (OxPAPC) enhances basal endothelial cell (EC) barrier properties and prevents acute lung inflammation and EC dysfunction in response to bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) via direct Rac-Cdc42-mediated effects on EC cytoskeleton and via competitive inhibition of LPS binding to toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4).

Methods Adult male Brown Norway rats (250-350 g) were ventilated at low tidal volume (LTV, 7 mL/kg) or high tidal volume (HTV, 20 mL/kg) for 2 hours, 85 breaths/min. A subset of animals received intravenous OxPAPC (1.5 mg/kg) at the start of mechanical ventilation. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cell count and protein concentration were measured as markers of inflammation and vascular permeability. IL-6, IL-1beta, and hyaluronan levels in BAL were quantitatively assessed by enzyme linked immunoabsorbance assays (ELISA).

Results HTV caused a 70% increase in BAL total cell count (p < .05) and a 169% increase in BAL protein (p < .01) compared with controls. OxPAPC reduced HTV-induced elevations in total cell count (41% decrease versus HTV alone) and protein (42% decrease versus HTV alone). HTV also caused an increase in the hyaluronan levels found in BAL samples, which was completely abrogated by intravenous injection of OxPAPC. HTV also caused a 223% increase in the IL-6 levels in BAL samples as compared to controls, which was attenuated by OxPAPC treatment (130% versus control, p < .05). HTV had only a modest effect on IL-1beta up-regulation (45% increase versus control), which still was attenuated by OxPAPC treatment (27% increase versus control). Conclusion: These studies demonstrate for the first time the protective effect of membrane-derived oxidized phospholipids on ventilator-induced lung inflammation and barrier dysfunction.

HL75349, HL76259, HL58064.

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