The administration of silica prevents coumarin stimulated lysis of accumulated abnormal protein. This impairs the resolution of thermal (burn) edema which is normally increased with coumarin administration. Evidence suggests that there is a rapid differentiation and infiltration of monocytes into the tissues and that these are selectively retained. This is aided by coumarin which increases tissue permeability. Coumarin also injures the vascular endothelium of some vessels, allowing extra protein and fluid into the tissues. Death of recently differentiated macrophages and subsequent release of their lysosomal contents into the extracellular spaces may be responsible for the changes in serum enzyme levels. It would seem that macrophages are the only cells in which coumarin stimulates increased phagocytosis, enzyme producton and proteolysis.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||British Journal of Experimental Pathology|
|Publication status||Published - 1976|