Methods to Study the Innate Immune Response to Sepsis

  • Wendy E. WalkerEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1717)


This chapter describes techniques to measure the innate immune response in the mouse cecal ligation and puncture model of sepsis. The reader will learn how to perform retro-orbital bleeds to harvest serum from mice and learn how to perform peritoneal lavage to harvest cells and inflammatory mediators from this compartment. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technique is described as a method to measure the levels of cytokines and chemokines in these fluids. Additionally, this chapter describes techniques to stain the cellular fraction of the peritoneal lavage with fluorescently labeled antibodies, and perform fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) to quantify macrophages and neutrophils in this compartment.

Key words

Sepsis CLP Innate immune response Inflammatory response Retro-orbital bleed Peritoneal lavage Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) Cytokines Macrophages Neutrophils 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center of Emphasis in Infectious Diseases, Department of Biomedical SciencesTexas Tech University Health Sciences Center El PasoEl PasoUSA

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