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J Surg Res. 2009 Dec;157(2):235-42. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2008.08.035. Epub 2008 Sep 29.

Inhibition of interleukin-6-transsignaling via gp130-Fc in hemorrhagic shock and sepsis.

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Department of General Surgery, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany.



Immune function after hemorrhagic shock and subsequent sepsis is characterized by an early proinflammatory burst of IL-6, and high IL-6 levels have been linked to high mortality after trauma and in sepsis. Trans-signaling is defined as the activation of cells that do not express the membrane bound IL-6 receptor by the complex of IL-6 and the soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R). Gp130-Fc is able to bind the IL-6/sIL-6R complex, and beneficial effects of IL-6 blockade in chronic inflammatory diseases have been shown. The first aim of this study was to investigate the potential effect of a gp130 blockade via the gp130-Fc antibody causing impairment of IL-6 signaling. The second aim was to find out what role the IL-6/sIL-6R complex can play in the context of hemorrhagic shock and subsequent sepsis as an acute inflammatory disease.


Male CBA/J mice were subjected to hemorrhagic shock (35+/-5 mmHg for 90min and fluid resuscitation) or sham operation. At resuscitation each animal received either 0.5mg gp130-Fc or placebo (PL) i.p. At 48 h after resuscitation, both splenocytes and peritoneal macrophages (pMphi) were harvested or polymicrobial sepsis was induced by cecal ligation and puncture. Survival over 10 d was determined. Release of IL-6, TNF-alpha, and IL-10 of pMphi and release of IL-2, IL-10, and IFN-gamma of splenocytes was assessed by ELISA. Proliferation of splenocytes and their morphologic damage were determined.


Binding of the IL-6/sIL-6R complex by gp130-Fc led to significant lower IL-6 levels compared with placebo treated animals. Placebo treated males showed depressed proinflammatory immune response (IL-2, IL-6) after hemorrhagic shock. While splenocyte proliferation was significantly reduced directly after hemorrhagic shock and restored after 48 h by gp130-Fc, pMphi cytokine release was not influenced. Finally, survival appeared to be unaffected.


Transsignaling does not seem to play a pivotal role in the development of the immune dysfunction and mortality in our model of hemorrhage and subsequent sepsis.

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