Effects of Low-Dose Beraprost Sodium, a Stable Prostaglandin I2 Analogue, on Reperfusion Injury to Rabbit Lungs

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We investigated the effects of low-dose Beraprost sodium (BPS), a stable prostaglandin I2 (PGI2) analogue, on microvascular permeability and the plasma concentrations of thromboxane and adenosine 3 ′,5 ′ -cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) in blood-perfused rabbit lungs subjected to ischemia–reperfusion (I/R). After an ischemic insult for 2 h, saline as a vehicle, 3 pmol/L of BPS (BPS-1), 150 to 300 pmol/L of BPS (BPS-2), 900 pmol/L of BPS (BPS-3), or 60 μ mol/L of indomethacin (IND) was administered into the reservoir, then the lungs were reperfused and reventilated for 1 h. Vascular permeability was assessed by determining the microvascular filtration coefficient (Kf, ml/min/mm Hg/100 g wet lung). I/R resulted in increases in vascular resistance, Kf, and thromboxane. BPS-2, BPS-3, and IND inhibited the increase in vascular resistance, and BPS-3 and IND attenuated the increases in Kf and thromboxane. BPS-3 increased, but IND decreased, the concentrations of cAMP in the perfusate. Perfusate thromboxane released after reperfusion was significantly correlated with Kf. We conclude that cyclooxygenase products play a critical role in I/R-induced lung vascular injury and that 900 pmol/L of BPS inhibits the production of thromboxane and enhances the permeability barrier via a cAMP-elevating effect. However, vasodilatory action of BPS may exacerbate the reperfused lung injury by increasing the flow through injured capillaries via inhibition of thromboxane-induced vasoconstriction.

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