Hypocalcemia in sepsis: analysis of the subcellular distribution of Ca2+ in septic rats and LPS/TNF-α-treated HUVECs
Introduction: Hypocalcemia has been widely recognized in sepsis patients. However, the cause of hypocalcemia in sepsis is still not clear, and little is known about the subcellular distribution of Ca2+ in tissues during sepsis.
Methodology: We measured the dynamic change in Ca2+ levels in body fluid and subcellular compartments, including the cytosol, endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria, in major organs of cecal ligation and puncture (CLP)-operated rats, as well as the subcellular Ca2+ flux in HUVECs which treated by endotoxin and cytokines.
Results: In the model of CLP-induced sepsis, the blood and urinary Ca2+ concentrations decreased rapidly, while the Ca2+ concentration in ascites fluid increased. The Ca2+ concentrations in the cytosol, ER, and mitochondria were elevated nearly synchronously in major organs in our sepsis model. Moreover, the calcium overload in CLP-operated rats treated with calcium supplementation was more severe than that in the non-calcium-supplemented rats but was alleviated by treatment with the calcium channel blocker verapamil. Similar subcellular Ca2+ flux was found in vitro in HUVECs and was triggered by lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/TNF-α.
Conclusions: Ca2+ influx from the blood into the intercellular space and Ca2+ release into ascites fluid may cause hypocalcemia in sepsis and that this process may be due to the synergistic effect of endotoxin and cytokines.
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