LOCAL EXPOSURE OF BONE COMPONENTS TO INJURED SOFT TISSUE INDUCES TOLL-LIKE RECEPTOR 4-DEPENDENT SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION WITH ACUTE LUNG INJURY

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Remote and systemic inflammatory responses after long bone fractures have been well described, but the mechanisms underlying these changes remain unexplained. We hypothesized that bone components locally exposed to injured soft tissue are capable of inducing a systemic inflammatory response associated with acute lung injury, and that this inflammatory cascade requires Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR-4) signaling. Accordingly, male C3H/HeOuJ (TLR-4-competent) and C3H/HeJ (TLR-4-mutant) mice were injected with various bone components (bone marrow cells, bone marrow supernatant, and bone suspension, respectively) in bilaterally injured thigh muscles and euthanized after 6 h. Serum TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-10 levels, and pulmonary myeloperoxidase activity was measured using specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits. Pulmonary permeability changes were assessed with bronchoalveolar lavage. Local exposure of bone components to injured soft tissue induced systemic inflammation and acute lung injury in TLR-4-competent, but not in TLR-4-mutant, animals. These findings suggest that bone components contribute to systemic inflammation and acute lung injury after long bone fractures via TLR-4 signaling and support the notion of a central role for TLR-4 in sensing tissue damage.

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