Hypercapnic acidosis minimizes endotoxin-induced gut mucosal injury in rabbits

Hiroshi Morisaki, Satoshi Yajima, Yoko Watanabe, Takeshi Suzuki, Michiko Yamamoto, Nobuyuki Katori, Saori Hashiguchi, Junzo Takeda

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Recent evidence demonstrated that hypercapnic acidosis due to lung protective strategy was not only permissive but also even therapeutic for injured lung. Since the effects of hypercapnic acidosis on extra-pulmonary organs remain to be clarified, we tested the hypothesis that hypercapnic acidosis protects gut mucosal barrier function by modulating inflammation in a rabbit model of endotoxemia. Prospective randomized animal study. University research laboratory. Male New Zealand white rabbits. Thirty-two animals were randomly allocated into two groups: normocapnia (n = 17) and hypercapnia (n = 15). The latter group received FICO2 5% under mechanical ventilation to achieve hypercapnia throughout the study periods, whereas the former with FICO2 0%. Arterial blood gas, intramucosal pH (pHi) and portal blood flow were assessed at baseline, 2-h and 4-h infusion of lipopolysaccharide. At 4 h, ileal myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity and intestinal permeability were measured. The animals in the hypercapnia group showed apparent hypercapnic acidosis and progressive intramucosal acidosis at 4 h, accompanied by significantly lower intestinal permeability versus normocapnia group. Ileal MPO activity was comparable between the study groups. Hypercapnic acidosis attenuates endotoxin-induced gut barrier dysfunction possibly through neutrophil-independent mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalIntensive Care Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan


  • Bacterial translocation
  • Hypercapnia
  • Intramucosal pH
  • Myeoloperoxidase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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