The Japanese journal of surgery

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 37–47 | Cite as

Effect of glucocorticoids on release of lysosomal enzymes in liver ischemia and hemorrhagic shock in pigs

  • Naofumi Nagasue
  • E. Per Fredlund
  • Bengt Kallum
  • Tord Olin
  • Stig Bengmark


The effect of glucocorticoids on the release of lysosomal enzymes was studied in liver ischemia created by dearterialization and in hemorrhagic shock in pigs. In shock the treatment with glucocoticoids suppressed the release of β-glucosidase and β-galactosidase into the circulation. The release of S-GOT was also suppressed in the treated group. However, a contrary effect was observed in liver ischemia indicating that glucocorticoids might even be harmful to the dearterialized hypoxic liver. Provided the plasma increase of acid hydrolases can be interpreted as quantitative signs of cell damage, the findings indicate that glucocorticoids may be of benefit in shock but not after hepatic dearterialization.

Key Words

liver ischemia hepatic dearterialization hemorrhagic shock lysosomal enzymes acid hydrolases β-glucosidase β-galactosidase S-GOT pig glucocorticoids 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naofumi Nagasue
    • 1
  • E. Per Fredlund
    • 1
  • Bengt Kallum
    • 1
  • Tord Olin
    • 2
  • Stig Bengmark
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of LundLundSweden
  2. 2.Diagnostic RadiologyUniversity of LundLundSweden

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