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      Endotoxin-Induced Renal Failure

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          The pathogenesis of sepsis-induced renal failure is multifactorial and only partially understood. In these studies we evaluated intrarenal microcirculatory changes during endotoxemia and the potential role of nitric oxide (NO) and endothelin in these changes. In anesthetized rats endotoxin infusion [lipopolysaccharide (LPS), Escherichia coli serotype 0127:B8; 10 mg/kg/h] resulted in hypotension and a transient enhancement of renal blood flow, with cortical vasodilation and a loss of outer medullary vasodilatory response to hypotension. The initial cortical vasodilation was abolished by the NO synthase inhibitor NG-nitro- L-arginine methyl ester, but not by indomethacin. Direct NO measurements disclosed a gradual rise in cortical NO, despite the waning vasodilatory effect, suggesting antagonizing vasoconstrictive stimuli. In rats pretreated by LPS (1 mg/kg i.p. 1 day earlier) the renal blood flow was reduced to 55% of that of controls. Moreover, the vasodilatory response to LPS infusion was converted into profound cortical and medullary vasoconstriction. In these preconditioned rats the endothelin receptor antagonist bosentan evoked a vasodilatory response and attenuated the vasoconstrictive reaction to LPS infusion. The infusion of another LPS ( E. coli serotype 0111:B4) exerted predominant and protracted renal vasodilation without hypotension. In conclusion, different LPS exert diverse systemic and renal hemodynamic responses. The 0127:B8 serotype attenuates renal medullary vasodilation during hypotension, exerts transient cortical vasodilation, and following repeated exposure induces profound renal vasoconstriction. NO and endothelin participate in LPS-induced vascular responses that may predispose to hypoxic tubular damage.

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          Effect of Radiocontrast Agents on Intrarenal Nitric Oxide (NO) and NO Synthase Activity

          Background/Aims: Contrast media (CM) induce a biphasic renal hemodynamic response, with late prominent cortical vasoconstriction and marked outer medullary vasodilation. The objective of the study was to explore a possible role for altered nitric oxide (NO) production or bioavailability in these hemodynamic responses. Methods: We explored the impact of CM (sodium iothalamate) upon rat renal NO synthase (NOS) activity (citrulline recovery) and NO (using a NO electrode). Results: The cortical NOS activity following CM was 11.5 ± 1.0 versus 13.8 ± 1.1 nmol/gww/min (gww = gram wet weight) in controls (p = 0.16, NS). In rats pretreated with the nonselective endothelin antagonist bosentan, CM reduced the cortical NOS activity to 8.5 ± 1.2 nmol/gww/min (p < 0.005 vs. controls). Cortial NO readings declined over 30 min following CM by 13 ± 8% (p < 0.05, Anova), in parallel with the decline in cortical blood flow. The outer medullary NOS activity was not affected by CM (5.2 ± 1.5 vs. 5.5 ± 1.3) nmol/gww/min in controls) or bosentan. Nevertheless, the outer medullary NO reading increased by 36 ± 23% (p < 0.05), with a concomitant increase in regional blood flow. Conclusion: In the cortex, CM might reduce the NOS activity (an effect blunted by endothelin release). This may potentiate the effect of endothelin to induce regional vasoconstriction. In the outer medulla, the vasodilatory response to CM does not seem to be mediated by enhanced NOS activity and might reflect increased local NO bioavailability as the result of regional hypoxia.
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            Endotoxin-Induced Renal Failure

            Endotoxin-induced hypotension and altered renal microcirculation could lead to tubular injury, particularly at the physiologically hypoxic outer medulla. We explored this hypothesis in isolated perfused kidneys and in vivo in rats subjected to endotoxemia. Rat kidneys were removed 15 min after endotoxin injection in vivo (from Escherichia coli 0127:B8, 1 mg/kg i.p.) and perfused with oxygenated medium supplemented with 20 amino acids and endotoxin. Glomerular filtration rate and filtration fraction markedly declined (0.4 ± 0.1 ml/min and 1.1 ± 0.1, respectively) as compared with control kidneys (0.7 ± 0.1 ml/min and 1.8 ± 0.1, n = 8–12 per group; p G -nitro- L -arginine methyl ester (10 mg/kg), the addition of endotoxin markedly augmented outer medullary hypoxic tubular damage both in S 3 segments (27 ± 10 vs 1 ± 1%) and in medullary thick ascending limbs (38 ± 11 vs. 10 ± 5%, n = 7–8; p < 0.05). It is concluded that under special conditions, such as altered medullary oxygen balance or defective nitric oxide or prostaglandin synthesis, endotoxin may predispose to hypoxic outer medullary tubular damage.

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              Nephron Exp Nephrol
              Cardiorenal Medicine
              S. Karger AG
              October 2000
              31 July 2000
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              aDepartment of Medicine, Hadassah University Hospital, Mt. Scopus, and Hebrew University Medical School and bNephrology Unit, Bikur Holim Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel, cDepartment of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., USA
              20678 Exp Nephrol 2000;8:266–274
              © 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel

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