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Cytokine. 1991 Jan;3(1):1-4.

Interleukin-6 administration has no acute hemodynamic or hematologic effect in the dog.

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Department of Intensive Care, Erasme Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Belgium.


To investigate the possible hemodynamic effects of interleukin-6 (IL-6), a single dose of 15 mcg/kg of recombinant IL-6 isolated from Escherichia coli was injected intravenously in six pentobarbital-anesthetized dogs. After 30 min, saline infusion was performed to maintain the pulmonary artery balloon-occluded pressure at baseline level. The animals were observed for up to 5 hours. No other hemodynamic alteration was observed than a gradual decline in cardiac output attributed to anesthesia. Hematologic variables, blood glucose, and total serum proteins were also constant. IL-6 levels were markedly elevated in the blood, but no tumor necrosis factor activity was detected. Thus a primary role for IL-6 in the early cardiovascular alterations associated with septic shock seems unlikely.

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