Acute lung injury (ALI) is an inflammatory disease with a high mortality rate. Although typically seen in individuals with sepsis, ALI is also a major complication in severe acute pancreatitis (SAP). The pathophysiology of SAP-associated ALI is poorly understood, but elevated serum levels of IL-6 is a reliable marker for disease severity. Here, we used a mouse model of acute pancreatitis–associated (AP-associated) ALI to determine the role of IL-6 in ALI lethality.
Hong Zhang, Patrick Neuhöfer, Liang Song, Björn Rabe, Marina Lesina, Magdalena U. Kurkowski, Matthias Treiber, Thomas Wartmann, Sara Regnér, Henrik Thorlacius, Dieter Saur, Gregor Weirich, Akihiko Yoshimura, Walter Halangk, Joseph P. Mizgerd, Roland M. Schmid, Stefan Rose-John, Hana Algül
IL-6 levels correlate with the extent of pulmonary damage and lethality during SAP.