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      Effects of alprostadil and iloprost on renal, lung, and skeletal muscle injury following hindlimb ischemia–reperfusion injury in rats

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          To evaluate the effects of alprostadil (prostaglandin [PGE1] analog) and iloprost (prostacyclin [PGI2] analog) on renal, lung, and skeletal muscle tissues after ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury in an experimental rat model.

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          Wistar albino rats underwent 2 hours of ischemia via infrarenal aorta clamping with subsequent 2 hours of reperfusion. Alprostadil and iloprost were given starting simultaneously with the reperfusion period. Effects of agents on renal, lung, and skeletal muscle (gastrocnemius) tissue specimens were examined.


          Renal medullary congestion, cytoplasmic swelling, and mean tubular dilatation scores were significantly lower in the alprostadil-treated group than those found in the I/R-only group ( P<0.0001, P=0.015, and P<0.01, respectively). Polymorphonuclear leukocyte infiltration, pulmonary partial destruction, consolidation, alveolar edema, and hemorrhage scores were significantly lower in alprostadil- and iloprost-treated groups ( P=0.017 and P=0.001; P<0.01 and P<0.0001). Polymorphonuclear leukocyte infiltration scores in skeletal muscle tissue were significantly lower in the iloprost-treated group than the scores found in the nontreated I/R group ( P<0.0001).


          Alprostadil and iloprost significantly reduce lung tissue I/R injury. Alprostadil has more prominent protective effects against renal I/R injury, while iloprost is superior in terms of protecting the skeletal muscle tissue against I/R injury.

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                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Dove Medical Press
                19 August 2016
                : 10
                : 2651-2658
                [1 ]Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
                [2 ]Department of Pathology, Gazi University Medical Faculty
                [3 ]Department of Pharmacology, Yıldırım Beyazıt University Medical Faculty
                [4 ]Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ankara University Faculty of Dentistry, Besevler, Ankara
                [5 ]Department of Physiology, Kırıkkale University Medical Faculty, Kırıkkale
                [6 ]Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Gazi University Medical Faculty, Ankara
                [7 ]Department of Physiology, Dumlupınar University Medical Faculty, Kütahya, Turkey
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                Correspondence: Mustafa Arslan, Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Gazi University Medical Faculty, Besevler, 06510, Ankara, Turkey, Tel +90 312 202 67 39, Email mustarslan@ 123456gmail.com

                These authors contributed equally to this work

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