Inhalation of carbon monoxide following resuscitation ameliorates hemorrhagic shock-induced lung injury

Susumu Kawanishi, Toru Takahashi, Hiroshi Morimatsu, Hiroko Shimizu, Emiko Omori, Kenji Sato, Masaki Matsumi, Shigeru Maeda, Atsunori Nakao, Kiyoshi Morita

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Even after successful resuscitation, hemorrhagic shock frequently causes pulmonary inflammation that induces acute lung injury (ALI). We previously demonstrated that when CO is inhaled at a low concentration both prior to and following hemorrhagic shock and resuscitation (HSR) it ameliorates HSR-induced ALI in rats due to its anti-inflammatory effects. In the present study, we administered CO to the same model of ALI only after resuscitation and examined whether it exerted a therapeutic effect without adverse events on HSR-induced ALI, since treatment of animals with CO prior to HSR did not prevent lung injury. HSR were induced by bleeding animals to achieve a mean arterial pressure of 30 mmHg for 1 h followed by resuscitation with the removed blood. HSR resulted in the upregulation of inflammatory gene expression and increased the rate of apoptotic cell death in the lungs. This was determined from an observed increase in the number of cells positive for transferase-mediated dUTP-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC), nick-end labeling staining and activated caspase-3. HSR also resulted in prominent histopathological damage, including congestion, edema, cellular infiltration and hemorrhage. By contrast, CO inhalation for 3 h following resuscitation significantly ameliorated these inflammatory events, demonstrated by reduced histological damage, inflammatory mediators and apoptotic cell death. The protective effects of CO against lung injury were notably associated with an increase in the protein expression level of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-γ, an anti-inflammatory transcriptional regulator in the lung. Moreover, CO inhalation did not affect the hemodynamic status or tissue oxygenation during HSR. These findings suggest that inhalation of CO at a low concentration exerts a potent therapeutic effect against HSR-induced ALI and attenuates the inflammatory cascade by increasing PPAR-γ protein expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Medicine Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


  • Acute lung injury
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Hemorrhagic shock
  • Inflammation
  • Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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