Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor and neutrophil-related changes in local host defense during recovery from shock and intra-abdominal sepsis

Kimberly A. Davis, Timothy C. Fabian, D. Nicholas Ragsdale, Lisa L. Trenthem, Martin A. Croce, Kenneth G. Proctor

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Background. We have reported that treatment with exogenous granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) improves abscess localization and reduces mortality without aggravating neutrophil (PMN)-mediated reperfusion injury in a model of septic abdominal trauma. The purpose of this study was to determine actions of G-CSF on PMN function in the peritoneum. Methods. Anesthetized swine were pretreated with broad-spectrum antibiotics and underwent cecal ligation and incision and 35% hemorrhage (trauma). After 1 hour they were resuscitated with shed blood, crystalloid, and either G-CSF (n = 10) or saline solution vehicle (n = 9). The animals were observed for 72 hours. Results. After trauma, saline solution treatment increased PMN infiltration into the peritoneum within 2 hours (P = .035), increased peritoneal PMN elastase production (ie, cytotoxicity) by 24 hours (P = .004), and decreased adherence of peritoneal PMNs to an artificial substrate from 4 to 72 hrs (P = .043). The mean autopsy score was 7.0 ± 0.5. With G-CSF treatment peritoneal neutrophilia was enhanced (maximum 48 hours, P = .002) and PMN cytotoxicity was augmented and delayed (maximum 48 hours, P = .004). Despite these changes, adherence of peritoneal PMNs was not significantly changed and there was no evidence for PMN-mediated damage in the lung as judged by bronchoalveolar lavage protein, bronchoalveolar lavage PMNs, lung tissue myeloperoxidase, or histologic changes. The mean autopsy score was improved to 4.1 ± 0.3 (P < .001). Conclusions. G-CSF in resuscitation fluids improved localization of an intra-abdominal septic focus by increased production of circulating PMNs, increased PMN extravasation into the peritoneal cavity, and increased PMN cytotoxicity at the abdominal septic focus, without exaggerating PMN-dependent reperfusion injury in the lung. Therefore these data further support the idea that G-CSF in resuscitation fluids might reduce septic complications in the multiply injured trauma patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-313
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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  • Surgery


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