Protein kinase G oxidation is a major cause of injury during sepsis

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Sepsis is a common life-threatening clinical syndrome involving complications as a result of severe infection. A cardinal feature of sepsis is inflammation that results in oxidative stress. Sepsis in wild-type mice induced oxidative activation of cGMP-dependent protein kinase 1 alpha (PKG Iα), which increased blood vessel dilation and permeability, and also lowered cardiac output. These responses are typical features of sepsis and their combined effect is a lowering of blood pressure. This hypotension, a hallmark of sepsis, resulted in underperfusion of end organs, resulting in their damage. A central role for PKG Iα oxidative activation in injury is supported by oxidation-resistant Cys42Ser PKG Iα knock-in mice being markedly protected from these clinical indices of injury during sepsis. We conclude that oxidative activation of PKG Iα is a key mediator of hypotension and consequential organ injury during sepsis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9909-9913
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number24
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 May 2013

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