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Immunomodulatory
Therapies of Sepsis

    

  • S.J.
    Parkar P.E. Watkins

    Immunomodulatory Therapies of Sepsis and
    SIRS


    Recent Advances in Surgery – 23, Year-2000, Pg.
    55


      

    Inflammation
    is the body’s non-specific response to cellular
    injury; the end result of highly amplified, yet
    tightly controlled, humoral and cellular mechanisms
    aimed principally at limiting tissue damage.

     

    Localized inflammation is an appropriate
    protective physiological response often eliminating
    the initiating noxious stimulus and restoring
    homeostasis.

      

    Loss
    of local control or an exaggerated host reaction
    can, however, result in a progressive illness, the
    systemic inflammatory response syndrome [ SIRS],
    that in extreme cases, can lead to organ dysfunction
    and death.

      

    SIRS can result from many aetiological triggers
    [e.g. burns, infection, pancreatitis, and trauma]
    with sepsis defined as SIRS arising as a result of
    infection.

     

    A co-ordinated immuno-inflammatory response requires
    the regulation of many cell types achieved
    principally by the actions of soluble protein
    [cytokine] and lipid or peptide [autocoid] mediators
    released by macrophages, neutrophils, lymphocytes,
    platelets, and the endothelium.

     

    Cytokins and autocoids regulate both the amplitude
    and duration of the inflammatory response.

     

    In the attempt to control and localize an
    inflammatory process both pro- and anti-inflammatory
    mediators are simultaneously released.

            

    An exaggerated anti-inflammatory response can result
    in immunosuppression, whereas an excessive
    pro-inflammatory response can produce systemic
    overflow of cytokines.

     

    Serum  concentrations
    of cytokines that do not accurately reflect local
    physiological levels.

     

    The treatment of severe sepsis and septic
    shock has, until recently, centered around the
    eradication of established infection with surgery or
    antibiotics, accompanied by intensive organ support.

     

    With
    the realization that the pathological effects of
    sepsis and SIRS can result both from the direct
    actions of microorganisms and their toxins and
    indirectly from the host response, recent interest
    has been shown in novel immunomodulatory therapies.

     

    Anti-cytokine therapies have attempted to either
    inhibit pro-inflammatory or enhance
    anti-inflammatory responses.

     

    The interleukins are a class of cytokines produced
    by many different cell types. 
    IL-1 and IL-8 have pro-inflammatory actions,
    whilst IL-4 and IL-10 have predominantly
    anti-inflammatory actions.

     

    L-1 is a key mediator in the immuno-inflammatory
    cascade, interacting closely with other mediator in
    the immuno-inflammatory cascade, interacting closely
    with other cytokines.

     

    Infusion of IL-1 in healthy volunteers produces
    clinical features of sepsis. Increased IL-1 levels
    have been recorded in patients with severe sepsis
    with levels often correlating with the severity of
    the inflammatory process.

     

    Despite encouraging results from animal
    studies, no immunomodulatory therapy has to date
    been shown to produce an unequivocal reduction in
    mortality in large scale clinical sepsis trials.

     

    The
    therapeutic benefit to be obtained from
    immnumodulaltory agents in small and is unlikely to
    be realized in the absence of optimal resuscitation,
    surgery, antibiotics, and intensive care therapy.

       

 



 

 

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Immunomodulatory Therapies of Sepsis
    

  • S.J. Parkar P.E. Watkins
    Immunomodulatory Therapies of Sepsis and SIRS
    Recent Advances in Surgery – 23, Year-2000, Pg. 55
      
    Inflammation is the body’s non-specific response to cellular injury; the end result of highly amplified, yet tightly controlled, humoral and cellular mechanisms aimed principally at limiting tissue damage.
     
    Localized inflammation is an appropriate protective physiological response often eliminating the initiating noxious stimulus and restoring homeostasis.
      
    Loss of local control or an exaggerated host reaction can, however, result in a progressive illness, the systemic inflammatory response syndrome [ SIRS], that in extreme cases, can lead to organ dysfunction and death.
      
    SIRS can result from many aetiological triggers [e.g. burns, infection, pancreatitis, and trauma] with sepsis defined as SIRS arising as a result of infection.
     
    A co-ordinated immuno-inflammatory response requires the regulation of many cell types achieved principally by the actions of soluble protein [cytokine] and lipid or peptide [autocoid] mediators released by macrophages, neutrophils, lymphocytes, platelets, and the endothelium.
     
    Cytokins and autocoids regulate both the amplitude and duration of the inflammatory response.
     
    In the attempt to control and localize an inflammatory process both pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators are simultaneously released.
            
    An exaggerated anti-inflammatory response can result in immunosuppression, whereas an excessive pro-inflammatory response can produce systemic overflow of cytokines.
     
    Serum  concentrations of cytokines that do not accurately reflect local physiological levels.
     
    The treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock has, until recently, centered around the eradication of established infection with surgery or antibiotics, accompanied by intensive organ support.
     
    With the realization that the pathological effects of sepsis and SIRS can result both from the direct actions of microorganisms and their toxins and indirectly from the host response, recent interest has been shown in novel immunomodulatory therapies.
     
    Anti-cytokine therapies have attempted to either inhibit pro-inflammatory or enhance anti-inflammatory responses.
     
    The interleukins are a class of cytokines produced by many different cell types.  IL-1 and IL-8 have pro-inflammatory actions, whilst IL-4 and IL-10 have predominantly anti-inflammatory actions.
     
    L-1 is a key mediator in the immuno-inflammatory cascade, interacting closely with other mediator in the immuno-inflammatory cascade, interacting closely with other cytokines.
     
    Infusion of IL-1 in healthy volunteers produces clinical features of sepsis. Increased IL-1 levels have been recorded in patients with severe sepsis with levels often correlating with the severity of the inflammatory process.
     
    Despite encouraging results from animal studies, no immunomodulatory therapy has to date been shown to produce an unequivocal reduction in mortality in large scale clinical sepsis trials.
     
    The therapeutic benefit to be obtained from immnumodulaltory agents in small and is unlikely to be realized in the absence of optimal resuscitation, surgery, antibiotics, and intensive care therapy.
       

 

 

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