Assessment of TNFalpha-induced endothelial damage through the loss of its barrier function.

Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) appears to be the main mediator causing the systemic manifestations of sepsis and septic shock associated with edema. In vitro it augments movement of permeability tracers across endothelial cell monolayers. Herein we describe a method which permits quantification and assessment of changes in the integrity of… (More)