Dextran Metabolism Following Infusion of 7.5% NaCl/6% Dextran-70 to Euvolemic and Hemorrhaged Rabbits
LETTERMAN ARMY INST OF RESEARCH PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO CA
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Dextran metabolism was evaluated in euvolemic and hemorrhaged rabbits following administration of a 7.5NaCl6 Dextran-70 HSD solution. Control rabbits and those bled 8 mlkg body weight were infused i.v. with 4 mlkg of HSD or HSD containing C-Dextran-70. Blood samples were withdrawn prior to and at times up to 96 hr after HSD infusion. Peak serum dextran concentrations were about 29 higher in hemorrhaged rabbits than in controls, yet serum dextran t12 was similar in both groups. Molecular weight MW distribution of dextran in serum showed a slight shift consistent with excretion of lower MW forms in the urine. After 96 hr concentrations of 14 C-dextran were 20-fold higher in liver from both groups of rabbits, in comparison to spleen, lung and kidney. In addition, dextranase activity in liver was markedly higher than in the other tissues assayed.