Pharmacologic perturbation of neutrophils by Fluosol results in a sustained reduction in infarct size in the canine model of reperfusion

Mervyn B. Forman, Christos J. Pitarys, Harry D. Vildibill, Thomas L. Lambert, David A. Ingram, Renu Virmani, John J. Murray

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Previous studies have demonstrated that intravenous administration of large doses of Fluosol, a perfluorochemical preparation, reduced infarct size 24 h after reperfusion, an effect that was associated with reduced neutrophil infiltration. The effect of a clinically tolerable dose of Fluosol on infarct size after a prolonged period of reperfusion and its mechanism of action on neutrophils remain unknown. Twenty-one anesthetized closed chest dogs were subjected to 90 min of proximal left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion and 72 h of reperfusion. An additional five dogs that did not undergo regional myocardial ischemia were utilized to explore the mechanism of action of Fluosol on neutrophil function. In the infarct study, animals were randomized to receive either intravenous Fluosol (n = 10) or an equivalent volume of Ringer's lactate solution (control; n = 11) at 15 ml/kg body weight during the last 30 min of occlusion and for the 1st 30 min of reperfusion. Fluosol significantly reduced infarct size when expressed as percent area at risk 72 h aller reperfusion (13.7 ± 2.7% vs. 38.3 ± 4.5%, respectively, p < 0.001). This reduction was associated with significant improvement in regional wall motion (18.4 ± 2.3% vs. 5.5 ± 2%, p < 0.001). Endocardial blood fiow in the ischemic bed was significantly higher 3 h after reperfusion in Fluosol-treated dogs (0.63 ± 0.08 vs. 0.34 ± 0.07 ml/min per g, p = 0.01). Reduced capillary plugging by neutrophils with relative preservation of endothelial cell structure was observed in Fluosol-treated animals. Infusion of Fluosol produced a marked transient decrease in peripheral neutrophil and platelet counts in both ischemic and nonischemic dogs and was associated with a significant reduction in total hemolytic complement levels. Studies of neutrophil function ex vivo revealed a reduction in chemotaxis and lysozyme degranulation after infusion of Fluosol. In vitro experiments showed that Fluosol produced a rapid and sustained activation of neutrophils determined by superoxide anion production. These data demonstrate that low dose intravenous Fluosol produces a sustained reduction in infarct size in the canine model. The beneficial effect may be in part due to the suppression of various neutrophil functions in the reperfused myocardium subsequent to peripheral activation by Fluosol. Such interventions may offer a novel therapy to enhance myocardial salvage by sequestration of circulating neutrophils during the critical early reperfusion period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-216
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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