Blockade of tissue factor: treatment for organ injury in established sepsis

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2003 May 1;167(9):1200-9. doi: 10.1164/rccm.200204-287OC.


Blockade of tissue factor before lethal sepsis prevents acute lung injury and renal failure in baboons, indicating that activation of coagulation by tissue factor is an early event in the pathogenesis of acute lung injury and organ dysfunction. We hypothesized that blockade of tissue factor would also attenuate these injuries in established sepsis by prevention of further fibrin deposition and inflammation. Twelve male baboons received heat-killed Escherichia coli intravenously followed 12 hours later by live E. coli infusion. Six animals were treated 2 hours after the live bacteria with site-inactivated Factor VIIa, a competitive tissue factor inhibitor, and six animals were vehicle-treated sepsis control subjects. Animals were ventilated and monitored for 48 hours. Physiologic and hematologic parameters were measured every 6 hours, and pathologic evaluation was performed after 48 hours. Animals treated with site inactivated Factor VIIa had less severe lung injury, with preserved gas exchange, better lung compliance and histology scores, and decreased lung wet/dry weight. In treated animals, urine output was higher, metabolic acidosis was attenuated, and renal tubular architecture was protected. Coagulopathy was attenuated, and plasma interleukin-6, interleukin-8, and soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor-1 levels were significantly lower in the treated animals. These results show that blockade of coagulation attenuates acute lung and renal injury in established Gram-negative sepsis accompanied by antiinflammatory effects of therapy.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Kidney Injury / diagnosis
  • Acute Kidney Injury / microbiology*
  • Acute Kidney Injury / prevention & control*
  • Animals
  • Antigens, CD / blood
  • Cytokines / drug effects
  • Cytokines / immunology
  • Disease Models, Animal*
  • Drug Monitoring
  • Escherichia coli Infections / complications*
  • Escherichia coli Infections / drug therapy*
  • Factor VIIa / immunology
  • Factor VIIa / pharmacology
  • Factor VIIa / therapeutic use*
  • Hemodynamics / drug effects
  • Inflammation
  • Interleukin-6 / blood
  • Interleukin-8 / blood
  • Lung Compliance / drug effects
  • Male
  • Papio
  • Pulmonary Gas Exchange / drug effects
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor / blood
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Type I
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / metabolism
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / microbiology*
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / prevention & control*
  • Sepsis / complications*
  • Sepsis / drug therapy*
  • Sepsis / immunology
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Thromboplastin / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Thromboplastin / immunology


  • Antigens, CD
  • Cytokines
  • Interleukin-6
  • Interleukin-8
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Type I
  • Thromboplastin
  • Factor VIIa