Interleukin 2 acutely induces platelet and ...



Title Interleukin 2 acutely induces platelet and neutrophil-endothelial adherence and macromolecular leakage
Author(s) M. J. Edwards, F. N. Miller, David E. Sims, D. L. Abney, D. A. Schuschke, T. S. Corey
Journal Cancer Research
Date 1992
Volume 52
Issue 12
Start page 3425
End page 3431
Abstract The acute effects of interleukin 2 (IL-2) were determined in the rat cremaster microcirculation model by intravital, light, and electron microscopy to better understand the pathophysiology of the IL-2-induced vascular leak syndrome. Four groups of rats were studied over a 2-h monitoring period. One group received 1 x 10(6) units of IL-2/kg i.v. (n = 10), while the remaining groups received IL-2 topically applied to the cremaster muscle in dosages of either 1 x 10(5) (n = 9), 1 x 10(6) (n = 5), or 3 x 10(6) (n = 5) units. Each group was compared with controls (n = 9). IL-2 administered i.v. acutely induced platelet and polymorphonuclear leukocyte-endothelial adherence and microvascular macromolecular leakage that occurred synchronous with the development of tachycardia, hypotension, tachypnea, and hypoxemia. Topically applied IL-2 induced similar microvascular alterations but without changes in hemodynamic and respiratory parameters, which suggests that microvascular alterations were not caused by IL-2-induced changes in hemodynamic parameters. Electron microscopy of cremaster muscle sections demonstrated platelet and neutrophil adherence to the endothelium and endothelial injury. We conclude that IL-2 (or a locally generated mediator) acutely induces platelet and neutrophil-endothelial adherence in the rat skeletal muscle microcirculation that is associated with the development of macromolecular leakage from the microcirculation.

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