Inhaled carbon monoxide and hyperoxic lung injury in rats


Journal Article

Because carbon monoxide (CO) has been proposed to have anti-inflammatory properties, we sought protective effects of CO in pulmonary O2 toxicity, which leads rapidly to lung inflammation and respiratory failure. Based on published studies, we hypothesized that CO protects the lung against O2 by selectively increasing expression of antioxidant enzymes, thereby decreasing oxidative injury and inflammation. Rats exposed to O2 with or without CO [50-500 parts/million (ppm)] for 60 h were compared for lung wet-to-dry weight ratio (W/D), pleural fluid volume, myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, histology, expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), and manganese superoxide dismutase (Mn SOD) proteins. The brains were evaluated for histological evidence of damage from CO. In O2-exposed animals, lung W/D increased from 4.8 in normal rats to 6.3; however, only CO at 200 and 500 ppm decreased W/D significantly (to 5.9) during O2 exposure. Large volumes of pleural fluid accumulated in all rats, with no significant CO treatment effect. Lung MPO values increased after O2 and were not attenuated by CO treatment. CO did not enhance lung expression of oxidant-responsive proteins Mn SOD and HO-1. Animals receiving O2 and CO at 200 or 500 ppm showed significant apoptotic cell death in the cortex and hippocampus by immunochemical staining. Thus significant protection by CO against O2-induced lung injury could not be confirmed in rats, even at CO concentrations associated with apoptosis in the brain.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Clayton, CE; Carraway, MS; Suliman, HB; Thalmann, ED; Thalmann, KN; Schmechel, DE; Piantadosi, CA

Published Date

  • October 20, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 281 / 4 25-4

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1040-0605

Citation Source

  • Scopus