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Authors Danobeitia JS, Sperger JM, Hanson MS, Park EE, Chlebeck PJ, Roenneburg DA, Sears ML, Connor JX, Schwarznau A, Fernandez LA
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Journal J. Surg. Res. Volume: 176 Issue: 2 Pages: 639-48
Publish Date 2012 Aug
PubMed ID 22440934

Donor brain death (BD) triggers a systemic inflammatory response that reduces organ quality and increases immunogenicity of the graft. We characterized the early innate immune response induced by BD in the liver and peripheral blood of hemodinamically stable non-human primates (NHP).Rhesus macaques were assigned to either brain death or control group. BD was induced by inflation of a subdurally placed catheter and confirmed clinically and by cerebral angiography. Animals were monitored for 6 h after BD and managed to maintain hemodynamic stability.Cortisol, epinephrine, nor-epinephrine, and IL-6 levels were elevated immediately after BD induction. Neutrophils and monocytes significantly increased in circulation following BD induction, while dendritic cells were decreased at 6 h post-induction. Flow cytometry revealed increased expression of chemokine receptors CxCR1, CxCR2, CCR2, and CCR5 in peripheral blood leukocytes from NHP subjected to BD. Microarray analysis demonstrated a significant up-regulation of genes related to innate inflammatory responses, toll-like receptor signaling, stress pathways, and apoptosis/cell death in BD subjects. Conversely, pathways related to glucose, lipid, and protein metabolism were down-regulated. In addition, increased expression of SOCS3, S100A8/A9, ICAM-1, MHC class II, neutrophil accumulation, and oxidative stress markers (carboxy-methyl-lysine and hydroxynonenal) were detected by immunoblot and immunohistochemistry.Activation of the innate immune response after BD in association with a down-regulation of genes associated with cell metabolism pathways in the liver. These findings may provide a potential explanation for the reduced post-transplant function of organs from brain dead donors. In addition, this work suggests potential novel targets to improve donor management strategies. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System