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Prevention and Amelioration of Rodent Ventilation-Induced Lung Injury with Either Prophylactic or Therapeutic feG Administration

  • Alison S. F. Elder
  • Andrew D. Bersten
  • Gino T. P. Saccone
  • Claudine S. Bonder
  • Dani-Louise DixonEmail author



Mechanical ventilation is a well-established therapy for patients with acute respiratory failure. However, up to 35% of mortality in acute respiratory distress syndrome may be attributed to ventilation-induced lung injury (VILI). We previously demonstrated the efficacy of the synthetic tripeptide feG for preventing and ameliorating acute pancreatitis-associated lung injury. However, as the mechanisms of induction of injury during mechanical ventilation may differ, we aimed to investigate the effect of feG in a rodent model of VILI, with or without secondary challenge, as a preventative treatment when administered before injury (prophylactic), or as a therapeutic treatment administered following initiation of injury (therapeutic).


Lung injury was assessed following prophylactic or therapeutic intratracheal feG administration in a rodent model of ventilation-induced lung injury, with or without secondary intratracheal lipopolysaccharide challenge.


Prophylactic feG administration resulted in significant improvements in arterial blood oxygenation and respiratory mechanics, and decreased lung oedema, bronchoalveolar lavage protein concentration, histological tissue injury scores, blood vessel activation, bronchoalveolar lavage cell infiltration and lung myeloperoxidase activity in VILI, both with and without lipopolysaccharide. Therapeutic feG administration similarly ameliorated the severity of tissue damage and encouraged the resolution of injury. feG associated decreases in endothelial adhesion molecules may indicate a mechanism for these effects.


This study supports the potential for feG as a pharmacological agent in the prevention or treatment of lung injury associated with mechanical ventilation.


Acute lung injury Adhesion molecules Leukocytes Mechanical ventilation Rat 



The study was funded by the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation. We thank Samantha Escarbe for technical assistance in immunohistochemical staining of lung sections.


This study was funded by the Flinders medical Centre Foundation.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed. All procedures performed in studies involving animals were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institution at which the studies were conducted.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Critical Care Medicine, College of Medicine and Public HealthFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Intensive and Critical Care UnitFlinders Medical CentreAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Surgery, College of Medicine and Public HealthFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  4. 4.SA Pathology and the Department of Medicine, Centre for Cancer BiologyUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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