Purpose: There is still a lack of evidence to support the use of specific anesthetic agents during major operations that could affect the development of postoperative acute lung injury (ALI). This study determined the protective effect of inhaled isoflurane in a rat model of endotoxin-induced ALI. Methods: Rats were exposed to volatile isoflurane (1.5 % in oxygen) or pure oxygen via a facemask for 2 h. After a 3-h recovery period, rats were reanesthetized and ALI was induced by intratracheal instillation of lipopolysaccharide (LPS, 1 mg/kg in 0.5 ml saline). In some animals, a specific inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) inhibitor, 1400W, (10 mg/kg, i.p.) was administered before exposure to isoflurane. Animals were sacrificed 12 h later for analysis. Pulmonary artery vasomotor function and alveolocapillary permeability were assessed. Expression of iNOS and CD11b, and activity of myeloperoxidase in the lung were analyzed. Results: The maximal relaxation response to acetylcholine was significantly potentiated in rats pretreated with isoflurane. Lung wet-to-dry ratio was reduced in the lung of isoflurane-treated animals. Expression of iNOS and CD11b were attenuated in the lung tissue obtained from rats receiving isoflurane. Furthermore, enzymatic activity of myeloperoxidase was also reduced in the lung preexposed to isoflurane. However, these pulmonary protective effects of isoflurane were significantly abolished by pretreatment with 1400W. Conclusion: Pretreatment with volatile isoflurane attenuated inflammatory process in the lung tissue of rats with LPS-induced ALI, and this preconditioning pulmonary protective effect was mainly mediated by activation of endogenous iNOS in the lung.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine