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Abstract Title:

L-arginine improves wound healing after trauma-hemorrhage by increasing collagen synthesis.

Abstract Source:

J Trauma. 2005 Jul;59(1):162-8. PMID: 16096557

Abstract Author(s):

F Wittmann, N Prix, S Mayr, P Angele, M W Wichmann, N K van den Engel, T Hernandez-Richter, I H Chaudry, K W Jauch, Martin K Angele

Article Affiliation:

Department of Surgery, Klinikum Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND: Several studies indicate impaired wound healing after trauma and shock. Wound immune cell dysfunction seems to be responsible for altered wound healing after trauma-hemorrhage (T-H). In this respect, administration of the amino acid L-arginine normalized wound immune cell function under those conditions. It remains unknown, however, whether L-arginine improves impaired wound healing after T-H.

METHODS: To study this, male C3H/HeN mice were subjected to a midline laparotomy (i.e., soft tissue trauma induced), and polyvinyl sponges were implanted subcutaneously at the wound site before hemorrhage (35 +/- 5 mm Hg for 90 minutes) or were subjected to sham operation. During resuscitation, mice received 300 mg/kg body weight L-arginine or saline (vehicle). Seven days thereafter, hydroxyproline (OHP), a metabolite of collagen synthesis, was measured in the wound fluid using high-performance liquid chromatography. Collagen types I and III were determined in the wound by Western blot analysis. In addition, wound breaking strength was measured 10 days after T-H or sham operation.

RESULTS: The results indicate that OHP was significantly decreased in T-H mice. L-arginine, however, restored depressed OHP in the wound fluid in the T-H animals. Similarly, L-arginine treatment prevented a significant depression of collagen I synthesis after T-H. Collagen III was not significantly affected by T-H or L-arginine. Most important, L-arginine increased maximal wound breaking strength after severe blood loss. Therefore, L-arginine improves wound healing after T-H by increasing collagen synthesis.

CONCLUSION: Because L-arginine improves wound healing, the results suggest that L-arginine might represent a novel and useful adjunct to fluid resuscitation for decreasing wound complications after trauma and severe blood loss.

Study Type : Animal Study

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