Selective inhibition of polymorphonuclear neutrophils by resuscitative concentration of hypertonic saline

S. H. Choi, S. W. Lee, Y. S. Hong, J. M. Jeun, B. W. Min

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Objectives: This study investigated the effect of hypertonic saline on the role of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) in the inflammatory response and the effect of hypertonic saline infused at different phases in relation to an inflammatory stimulus. Materials and methods: PMNs were isolated from peripheral blood of healthy volunteers (Boyum's method) and cultured in three different media ([Na+] = 140 mmol/l, 180 mmol/l, and 200 mmol/l). PMNs were then stimulated with fMLP (N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine) and H 2O2 synthesis was quantified by flow cytometry at 5, 30, 60, 120, and 180 minutes. PMNs were treated with hypertonic saline before, simultaneously with, and after fMLP stimulation, and H2O2 synthesis quantified again. Results: H2O2 synthesis was two or three times higher in fMLP stimulated than in non-stimulated PMNs, and it reached maximum level at 120 minutes. In the absence of fMLP stimulation, there was no significant difference between control and hypertonic saline with regard to activity of H2O2 synthesis. In the presence of fMLP stimulation, H2O2 synthesis significantly decreased in PMNs treated with hypertonic saline. There was no significant difference between the two hypertonic saline solutions ([Na+] = 180 mmol/l and 200 mmol/l) with regard to H2O2 synthesis. However, H 2O2 synthesis decreased in PMNs treated with hypertonic saline before and simultaneously with fMLP stimulation, but was not significantly decreased in the cells treated with hypertonic saline after fMLP stimulation. Conclusions: Hypertonic saline appears to decrease H 2O2 in stimulated neutrophils. This may be a further beneficial role of hypertonic saline when used clinically as an early resuscitation fluid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-122
Number of pages4
JournalEmergency Medicine Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Feb 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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