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Endotoxin-induced disseminated intravascular coagulation in rabbits: effect of recombinant hirudin on hemostatic parameters, fibrin deposits, and mortality

Hermida J, Montes R, Páramo JA, Rocha E.
Laboratory of Vascular Biology and Thrombosis, School of Medicine, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.

Magazine: The Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine

Date: Jan 1, 1998

Haematology and Hameotherapy

We evaluated the effect of r-hirudin on an experimental model of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) in rabbits, through the continuous infusion of 100 microg/kg/hr of Escherichia coli endotoxin for a period of 6 hours. r-Hirudin (0.05, 0.3, and 0.6 mg/kg/hr) as treatment, or saline solution as placebo, were administered simultaneously with endotoxin.

Severe DIC in the endotoxin control group was shown by impairment in hemostatic parameters, kidney fibrin deposition, and a high mortality rate. Medium and high doses of r-hirudin led to an improvement in such DIC-related parameters as platelet numbers and fibrinogen and protein C concentrations. High-dose r-hirudin also reduced consumption of antithrombin III (ATIII). All doses of r-hirudin prevented decreases in tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) and reduced the increase in plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) activity observed at 2 hours after endotoxin administration.

A significant reduction in kidney fibrin deposition was seen in medium- and high-dose r-hirudin groups. Additionally, the mortality rate in rabbits receiving medium- and high-dose r-hirudin was 10%, and that in rabbits receiving low-dose r-hirudin was 20%, as compared with a mortality rate of 70% in the control group.  Protein C activity was significantly lower (p < 0.001) in nonsurviving rabbits. Moreover, there was a strong positive correlation (r = 0.68, p < 0.001) between protein C consumption and kidney fibrin deposition.

We conclude that r-hirudin can be a useful drug in the clinical treatment of DIC.

CITATION  J Lab Clin Med. 1998 Jan;131(1):77-83

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