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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-19835

Härter, L; Mica, L; Stocker, R; Trentz, O; Keel, M (2004). Increased expression of toll-like receptor-2 and -4 on leukocytes from patients with sepsis. Shock, 22(5):403-409.

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The reduced responsiveness of monocytes or granulocytes toward endotoxin (endotoxin tolerance) during sepsis may depend on Toll-like receptors (TLR). The expression of TLR-2 and TLR-4 was measured on neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes from patients with sepsis (n = 21) or healthy controls (n = 12). Leukocytes (1 x 10/mL) were incubated at 37 degrees C with or without a TLR-4 (LPS 1 microg/mL) or a TLR-2 ligand (MALP-2 2 nM). Surface expression of TLR-2 and TLR-4 at 0, 4, and 16 h was determined in FACS after staining with specific antibodies. The release of IL-8 and TNF-alpha was measured by ELISA. Freshly isolated PMN from patients with sepsis exhibited significantly (P < 0.05) higher mean fluorescence for TLR-2 (78.0 +/- 18.6) and TLR-4 (11.4 +/- 2.3) than controls (12.8 +/- 2.2 and 2.3 +/- 0.4). Similarly, monocytes from patients exhibited higher TLR-2 and TLR-4 expression (300.8 +/- 40.6 and 92.7 +/- 12.1) than cells from controls (149.5 +/- 27.1 and 52.2 +/- 7.6). In patients with sepsis, expression of TLR-2 and TLR-4 on PMN increased during 16 h of incubation (106.2 +/- 22.1 and 34.5 +/- 5.3), whereas it remained unchanged in controls (19.3 +/- 6.1 and 5.4 +/- 1.9). Incubation with LPS or MALP-2 had no effect on TLR-4 or TLR-2 expression in cells from either controls or patients. Despite increased TLR expression in cells from patients with sepsis, the endotoxin-induced release of TNF-alpha and IL-8 was indistinguishable from that in controls. Therefore, the endotoxin tolerance seen in patients with sepsis does not depend solely on TLR-2 or TLR-4 expression, and other mechanisms must be involved.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Division of Surgical Intensive Care Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:16 Sep 2009 09:54
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:18
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
Publisher DOI:10.1097/01.shk.0000142256.23382.5d
PubMed ID:15489631

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