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OBJECTIVES Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) plays a pivotal role in the inflammatory host response. The serum-level of TNFα and the production of TNFα by lympho/monocytes, however, seem to show high individual variations. The goal of the present study was to investigate the variations and inducibility of TNFα-activity in two age-groups of healthy(More)
Endotoxin shock was induced in 31 anaesthetized pigs by infusion of 5 mug/kg of Escbeicbia coli endotoxin (LPS) over 60 min into the superior mesenteric artery. Fifteen of these pigs died within 30 min of the start of LPS infusion whereas the remaining 16 survived the experimental period of 2 h. In a group of nine pigs indomethacin (2 mg/kg, i.v.)was(More)
The effects of platelet activating factor (PAF) on eicosanoid release during endotoxic shock was investigated in anaesthetized pigs receiving 5 mug kg(-1) Escherichia coli endotoxin (LPS) into the superior mesenteric artery over a 60 min period, by measuring plasma levels of a variety of mediators. Fifteen of the 31 animals infused with LPS and not treated(More)
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