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      Naringenin Prevents Propofol Induced Neurodegeneration in Neonatal Mice Brain and Long-Term Neurocognitive Impacts on Adults

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          Natural products have shown neuroprotective effects in neurodegenerative conditions. Naringenin is a natural flavonoid with various pharmacological activities especially antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. We investigated the effects of naringenin on anesthetic propofol-induced impacts on neonatal mouse brain development and consequent long-term neurocognitive impacts during adulthood.

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          Female C57Bl/6 and male CD-1 mice and postnatal day 7 (P7) pups were exposed to propofol (2.5 mg/kg) and propofol with naringenin (50 mg/kg). Mice pups were allowed to grow until week 10 (adulthood), and memory and learning were assessed.


          Propofol caused neurodegeneration by inducing apoptosis in the neonatal mouse brains while naringenin administration prevented neuronal cell loss by preventing neuronal apoptosis in neonatal mouse brains. Propofol caused degenerative alterations in metabolic factors pH, PO 2, glucose and lactate, which were subsequently restored by naringenin treatment. Propofol-exposed mice, when developed into adults, showed long-term neuronal deficits, impaired neurocognitive functions, and memory and learning restrictions.


          Administration of naringenin to propofol-exposed mice resulted in significant neuroprotective effects by restoring long-term neurocognitive functions. The molecular mechanism behind the effects of naringenin was mediated by suppressing apoptosis and preventing cellular inflammation. These findings suggest that propofol administration requires careful consideration and that naringenin may prevent neurodegeneration and neurocognitive functions.

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              Brief isoflurane anesthesia induces neuroapoptosis in the developing rodent brain, but susceptibility of non-human primates to the apoptogenic action of isoflurane has not been studied. Therefore, we exposed postnatal day 6 (P6) rhesus macaques to a surgical plane of isoflurane anesthesia for 5 h, and studied the brains 3 h later for histopathologic changes. With the same intensity of physiologic monitoring typical for human neonatal anesthesia, five P6 rhesus macaques were exposed for 5 h to isoflurane maintained between 0.7 and 1.5 end-tidal Vol% (endotracheally intubated and mechanically ventilated) and five controls were exposed for 5 h to room air without further intervention. Three hours later, the brains were harvested and serially sectioned across the entire forebrain and midbrain, and stained immunohistochemically with antibodies to activated caspase-3 for detection and quantification of apoptotic neurons. Quantitative evaluation of brain sections revealed a median of 32.5 (range, 18.0-48.2) apoptotic cells/mm of brain tissue in the isoflurane group and only 2.5 (range, 1.1-5.2) in the control group (difference significant at P = 0.008). Apoptotic neuronal profiles were largely confined to the cerebral cortex. In the control brains, they were sparse and randomly distributed, whereas in the isoflurane brains they were abundant and preferentially concentrated in specific cortical layers and regions. The developing non-human primate brain is sensitive to the apoptogenic action of isoflurane and displays a 13-fold increase in neuroapoptosis after 5 h exposure to a surgical plane of isoflurane anesthesia.

                Author and article information

                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                10 December 2020
                : 14
                : 5469-5482
                [1 ]Department of Anesthesiology, General Hospital of NingXia Medical University , Yinchuan, NingXia 750000, People’s Republic of China
                [2 ]Department of Oncological Surgery, General Hospital of NingXia Medical University , Yinchuan, NingXia 750000, People’s Republic of China
                [3 ]Department of Anesthesiology, Union Hospital of Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology , Wuhan, Hubei 430000, People’s Republic of China
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Jing Lv Department of Anesthesiology, Union Hospital of Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology , Wuhan, Hubei430000, People’s Republic of ChinaTel/Fax +86-27-85351618 Email EmiliaAndrewsvpq@yahoo.com

                These authors contributed equally to this work

                © 2020 Zou et al.

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