Increased transmucosal uptake of E. coli K12 in porcine small bowel following experimental short term abdominal compartment syndrome
2009 (English)Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Background: Abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) may lead to bacterial translocation and possibly be of importance for development of multiorgan failure. However, the underlying mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. In a porcine model we recently demonstrated preserved intestinal mucosal blood flow during experimental short duration ACS. In the present study we used the same model to determine mucosal barrier function and morphology in the small bowel and colon of pigs before and after short term ACS.
Methods: The study comprised 12 anaesthetized pigs exposed to experimental ACS and 6 control animals. Via laparotomy, samples of small bowel and colon were taken out for studies before short term ACS, where the abdomen was inflated with CO2 and IAP was increased stepwise by 10 mm Hg at 10-minute intervals up to 50 mm Hg, and again 10 minutes after exsufflation. Mucosal microcirculation was measured by laser Doppler flowmetry, and mucosal tissues were mounted in modified Ussing chambers for assessment of barrier function (E. coli K12 uptake and 51Cr-EDTA permeability). Specimens were also fixed in formaldehyde, stained with eosin-hematoxylin and evaluated blindly using an 8-grade scale for assessment of mucosal damage.
Results: Transmucosal passage of E. coli was three-fold increased in the small bowel after ACS (22.6 [18.2 – 54.4] units) vs. baseline (8.1 [2.0 – 13.9]; P< 0.050) with a significant correlation to alterations of mucosal microcirculation. In the colon bacterial passage was unchanged, whereas 51Cr-EDTA permeability after ACS increased to 181% of baseline (P<0.05) and was correlated to significant mucosal histopathological changes (P<0.03).
Conclusion: Short term ACS with reperfusion induced significant dysfunction of the intestinal mucosal barrier. The response patterns concerning barrier dysfunction differed between small bowel and colonic mucosa, with increased bacterial passage and paracellular permeability, respectively.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Short term ACS, intestinal barrier function, animal model, Ussing chamber
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17795OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17795DiVA: diva2:212087