Nuclear factor κB mediates a procoagulant response in monocytes during extracorporeal circulation

Elizabeth N. Morgan, Timothy H. Pohlman, Craig Vocelka, Angela Farr, Gina Lindley, Wayne Chandler, Jeanette M. Griscavage-Ennis, Edward D. Verrier

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Objective: The objective of this study was to examine the mechanism of procoagulant activity and inhibition in whole blood during extracorporeal circulation. Methods: In this study we examine the development of procoagulant activity and monocyte activation in heparinized whole blood passing through a closed circuit consisting of a pump and silicone envelope membrane oxygenator for 6 hours. Results: Anaphylatoxins, C3a and C5a, determined by means of enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay, appeared in the blood within 30 minutes of circulation. Circulated blood developed a marked potential for coagulation demonstrated in a 1-step clotting assay that reached maximal activity by 4 hours of circulation. This procoagulant activity was neutralized by anti-tissue factor antibody, suggesting a prominent role for the extrinsic pathway in pump-induced intravascular coagulation. Isolation of monocytes from circulated blood revealed that tissue factor expression is upregulated on the cell surface. Furthermore, we observed nuclear factor κB nuclear translocation in monocytes from blood passing through the circuit, suggesting that tissue factor expression was due to monocyte stimulation and transcriptional activation of the tissue factor gene. Tissue factor expression resulted in an approximately 30-fold increase in thrombin generation. Monocyte nuclear factor κB activation, monocyte tissue factor expression, thrombin generation, and the procoagulant activity of blood in extracorporeal circulation were all blocked by the proteasome inhibitor MG132. Conclusions: We conclude that intravascular tissue factor expression during extracorporeal circulation of blood is due to nuclear factor κB-mediated activation of monocytes (possibly by complement), which can be controlled pharmacologically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-171
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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