Induction of hepatic protein synthesis by a peptide in blood plasma of patients with sepsis and trauma.

TitleInduction of hepatic protein synthesis by a peptide in blood plasma of patients with sepsis and trauma.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1984
AuthorsLoda M, Clowes GH, Dinarello CA, George BC, Lane B, Richardson W
Date Published1984 Aug
KeywordsAmino Acids, Animals, Blood Proteins, Complement C3, Fibrinogen, Humans, Immunoelectrophoresis, Infections, Interleukin-1, Liver, Male, Protein Biosynthesis, Proteoglycans, Rats, Rats, Inbred Strains, Wounds and Injuries

Accelerated release of amino acids from muscle and their uptake for protein synthesis by liver and other visceral tissues are characteristic of trauma or sepsis. Experimentally, this response is induced by interleukin-1 (IL-1) generated by activated macrophages in vitro. However, IL-1 has not been demonstrated in human blood. A small 4000-dalton peptide recently isolated from plasma of patients with sepsis and trauma induces muscle proteolysis and is called "proteolysis-inducing factor" (PIF). To test whether this agent has the ability also to induce hepatic protein synthesis, a series of animal experiments and clinical observations were undertaken. The structural and secretory (acute-phase reactants) in vitro protein synthesis in livers of normal rats injected intraperitoneally with IL-1 or PIF was significantly greater than that of normal rats or those injected with Ringer's lactate (p less than 0.01). In patients with sepsis and trauma the central plasma clearance rate of amino acids, a measure of visceral (principally hepatic) amino acid uptake, was elevated and correlated with the rates of protein synthesis in incubated liver slices obtained by biopsy at operation from the same patients (p less than 0.05). Both in vivo measured central plasma clearance rate of amino acids and in vitro measured hepatic protein synthesis correlated with plasma levels of PIF in the same patients (p less than 0.01 and p less than 0.05, respectively). We conclude that since PIF, and not IL-1, is present in human plasma and both are produced by activated macrophages, PIF seems to be the stable circulating cleavage product of IL-1, which induces not only muscle proteolysis but also hepatic protein synthesis, principally in the form of acute-phase reactants during infection and other states in which inflammation is present.

Alternate JournalSurgery
PubMed ID6611596
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