Damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) released after burn are associated with inflammation and monocyte activation

Meenakshi Rani, Susannah E. Nicholson, Qiong Zhang, Martin G. Schwacha

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Burns are associated with activation of the innate immunity that can contribute to complications. Damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) released after tissue injury play a critical role in the activation of the innate immunity, which appears to be mediated via toll-like receptors (TLRs). Previous findings have shown that TLRs and TLR-mediated responses are up-regulated after burn. Nonetheless, it is unclear what impact burn has on circulating levels of DAMPs. To study this, male C57BL/6 mice were subjected to a major burn or sham procedure. Three hours to 7 days thereafter, plasma was collected and assayed for the representative DAMPs (i.e., HMGB1, cytochrome C, DNA and S100A) and extracellular cleavage products (fibronectin and hyaluronan). HMGB1, cytochrome C, fibronectin and hyaluronan levels were elevated in a time-dependent manner after burn as compared to sham levels. A significant elevation in TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-10 cytokine plasma levels was also found after burn. All cytokine levels were increased as early as 3 h and remained elevated up to 24 h. Circulating CD11b+ monocytes were increased at 24 h after burn and showed increased expression of TLR-2. In conclusion, these findings support the concept that burn-induced elevations in circulating DAMPs are in part responsible for monocyte activation and the development of inflammatory complications under such conditions and warrants further investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-303
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Alarmins
  • CD11b
  • Danger Theory
  • HMGB-1
  • Toll-like receptors
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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