Sepsis-induced multi-organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) still has a high mortality. Improvements await a better understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms. The angiopoietin (Ang)1/2 and Tie2 (tyrosine kinase with immunoglobulin and epidermal growth factor homology domains 2) ligand/receptor system is an important regulator of endothelial cell responses to severe insults. Plasma Ang2 levels are prognostic in sepsis, but data on Ang/Tie responses in organs in humans are lacking.. We hypothesized that, in kidneys of patients who died of sepsis with acute kidney injury (AKI), the Ang/Tie signaling system is changed in such a way that microvessels become destabilized.

Original languageEnglish
Article number423
Number of pages3
JournalCritical care (London, England)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31-Mar-2014


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