OBJECTIVE: Pentraxin 3 is a fluid phase receptor involved in innate immunity. It belongs to the Pentraxins family, as C-reactive protein does. Pentraxin 3 is produced by a variety of tissue cells, whereas only the liver produces C-reactive protein. Pentraxin 3 plays a unique role in the regulation of inflammation. Acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome are characterized by an important inflammatory reaction. We investigated the role of pentraxin 3 as a marker of severity and outcome predictor of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome. DESIGN: We measured circulating pentraxin 3 and C-reactive protein levels within 24 hrs from intubation (day 1), after 24 hrs from the first sample, then every 3 days for the first month and then once a week, until discharge from the intensive care unit. Pentraxin 3 was also measured in bronchoalveolar lavages, performed when clinically indicated. SETTING: One university medical center general intensive care unit. PATIENTS: The study included 21 patients affected by acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome (1994 Consensus Conference criteria). INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Pentraxin 3 plasma levels were high with a peak on the first day (median 71.05 ng/mL, interquartile range 52.37-117.38 ng/mL, normal values <2 ng/mL), declining thereafter. C-reactive protein peaked later and remained at relatively high values. Out of several day 1 parameters, pentraxin 3 was the only significant difference between survivors and nonsurvivors. Pentraxin 3 levels were positively correlated with lung injury score values (p < 0.001) and number of organ failures (p < 0.001). Pentraxin 3 was present in bronchoalveolar lavages fluids (5.03 ng/mL, interquartile range 1.52-8.48 ng/mL) and bronchoalveolar lavages positive to bacterial culture were associated with significantly higher pentraxin 3 values (p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: The results presented here show that pentraxin 3 is elevated in acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome and that its levels correlate with parameters of lung injury and systemic involvement. The clinical and pathophysiological significance of pentraxin 3 in acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome deserves further scrutiny.
|Titolo:||Pentraxin 3 in acute respiratory distress syndrome : an early marker of severity R2|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/04 - Patologia Generale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||ago-2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1097/CCM.0b013e3181809aaf|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|