Gut and liver handling of interleukin-6 during liver resection in man

S.A.W.G. Dello, J.G. Bloemen, M.C.G. van de Poll, R.M. van Dam, J.H.M.B. Stoot, M.A. van den Broek, W.A. Buurman, M.H.A. Bemelmans, S. Olde Damink, C.H.C. Dejong

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Background: Plasma interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels increase during liver resection. The source of this IL-6 is hitherto unclear. It has been demonstrated that the hepatosplanchnic area takes up IL-6 but the role of the gut and liver is unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of the gut and liver in IL-6 homeostasis during liver surgery. Methods: Before and after partial hepatectomy, IL-6 was measured in blood sampled from the radial artery, and the hepatic and portal vein. Blood flow was measured to assess IL-6 fluxes (flow times AV-differences) across the gut, liver and hepatosplanchnic area. Results: In 22 patients undergoing liver resection, IL-6 release from the gut after transection was 90.9 (30.1) ng/min (P < 0.001), whereas net IL-6 uptake by the liver equalled 83.4 (41.7) ng/min (P < 0.01). Overall hepatosplanchnic flux was 7.3 (43.5) ng/min after transection and did not differ significantly from zero. Overall hepatosplanchnic flux was 87.8 (41.5) ng/min in the major resection group and -59.8 (67.5) ng/min in the minor resection group (P < 0.05). Discussion: The gut releases IL-6 and the liver takes up IL-6 before and after liver resection. The loss of IL-6 uptake as a result of a small functional remnant liver could lead to higher IL-6 levels after surgery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-331
Number of pages8
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011


  • liver surgery
  • interleukin-6
  • metabolism
  • MICE
  • RAT

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Dello, S. A. W. G., Bloemen, J. G., van de Poll, M. C. G., van Dam, R. M., Stoot, J. H. M. B., van den Broek, M. A., Buurman, W. A., Bemelmans, M. H. A., Olde Damink, S., & Dejong, C. H. C. (2011). Gut and liver handling of interleukin-6 during liver resection in man. HPB, 13(5), 324-331.