Survival advantage of coagulation factor XI-deficient mice during peritoneal sepsis

Erik I. Tucker, David Gailani, Sawan Hurst, Qiufang Cheng, Stephen R. Hanson, András Gruber

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Anticoagulation is a rational approach to the treatment of sepsis-associated consumptive coagulopathy, but its application is limited because of the risk of excessive bleeding. Factor XI (FXI) contributes substantially to pathological blood coagulation (thrombosis), whereas it contributes only modestly to normal hemostasis. We found that FXI-deficient mice have reduced coagulopathy and increased survival relative to FXI-expressing wild-type mice during cecal ligation and puncture-induced acute peritonitis/sepsis. This finding suggests that FXI contributes to coagulopathy and/or inflammation during sepsis and that pharmacologic inhibition of FXI activity may alter the course and outcome of some infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-274
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 15 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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