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Mitochondrial stress in early experimental sepsis revealed by electron transport chain inhibition
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
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Background: Increased plasma lactate in sepsis may not be due to insufficient oxygen

delivery, but accelerated glycolysis and mitochondrial dysfunction may also contribute. To

assess critical pathophysiological steps in non-ischemic lactate increase we studied the muscle metabolism with microdialysis in a sepsis model in pigs submitted to continuous E. coli infusion (sepsis group, n=12) for 3 hours (h). A control group (sham group, n=4) underwent the same procedures but did not receive E. coli. Protocolized interventions were applied to normalize oxygen delivery (DO2) and blood pressure. Metabolism was intervened locally via microdialysis catheters with the electron-transport chain inhibitor sodium cyanide and the inhibitor of the major energy consuming enzyme Na+/K+-ATPase ouabain.

Results: All pigs in the sepsis group had positive blood cultures at 1 h. Median (range) Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score at 0 h was 0 (0-1) in both groups. At 3 h, SOFA increased to 6 (3-6) in the sepsis group but remained virtually unchanged in the sham group. Plasma lactate increased in the sepsis group despite that protocolized interventions maintained DO2.

Sepsis accelerated glycolysis with a decrease in glucose, maintained or increased in lactate and pyruvate with a virtually normal lactate-to-pyruvate ratio (LPR) in microdialysate from catheters without intervention. The local cyanide intervention produced a severe energy crisis as evidenced by a dramatically elevated LPR, a lowered pyruvate and an increased lactate in both the sepsis and sham group. During sepsis, when the cyanide effect gradually diminished, this energy crisis normalized in the sham group but partly persisted in the sepsis group.

Conclusions: Our findings suggest a reduction in mitochondrial oxidative capacity induced by sepsis, as revealed by cyanide inhibition. Decreasing energy consumption with a local ouabain intervention did not impact glucose and fat metabolism in sepsis or sham animals.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-326787OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-326787DiVA, id: diva2:1131168
Available from: 2017-08-12 Created: 2017-08-12 Last updated: 2017-08-12

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