Dietary fatty acids modulate host bacteriocidal response, microbial translocation and survival following blood transfusion and thermal injury

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The effect of dietary lipids on bacterial translocation, killing of translocated organisms and host survival was studied in a burned animal model. Balb/c mice were fed with one of the three experimental AIN-76A diets (containing 15% of energy from fish oil, safflower oil or a 50:50 mixture), AIN76A without added lipids or a nonpurified stock diet. All animals were transfused on day 10. On day 15, the animals were gavaged with 1010 14C radiolabelled Escherichia coli and given a 20% burn injury. Survival was 84% in the fish oil group versus 36% in the safflower oil and 50:50 diet groups, and 25% and 20% in the two control groups (P< 0.0001). The numbers of viable translocating bacteria were reduced in all tested organs in the fish oil groups compared to the other groups. It is concluded that a diet enriched in fish oil has beneficial effects during gut-derived sepsis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-296
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Nutrition
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Gastroenterology
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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