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17 July 2018 : Animal Research  

Dexmedetomidine Protects Against Traumatic Brain Injury-Induced Acute Lung Injury in Mice

Yuanyuan Wang12BCE, Changli Wang1BCE, Dan Zhang32CD, Huihui Wang2DF, Lulong Bo1AEG*, Xiaoming Deng12AG

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.908133

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: ANS4961-4967


BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) leads to acute lung injury (ALI), in which the inflammatory response plays an important role in its pathophysiology. Recent studies suggest that dexmedetomidine (Dex) plays a protective role in acute inflammatory diseases. However, whether Dex has a protective effect on TBI-induced ALI is not clear. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Dex on TBI-induced ALI in mice.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Mice were randomly divided into 5 groups: 1) sham group; 2) TBI group; 3) TBI+Dex group; 4) TBI+atipamezole (Atip) group; and 5) TBI+Dex+Atip group. Dex (50 μg/kg) was intraperitoneal injected immediately after TBI. The α2 adrenergic antagonist Atip (250 μg/kg) was intraperitoneal injected 15 minutes prior to Dex treatment. Then 24 hours later, the protein concentration in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), lung wet to dry weight ratio, hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining of lungs, the level of high-mobility group box protein 1(HMGB1) in serum, and the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) expression in lung were detected.

RESULTS: Dex ameliorated the score of lung histological examination, as well as the severity of pulmonary edema and permeability. Moreover, Dex was observed to significantly suppress the expression of HMGBI and RAGE. However, the protective effects of Dex were partially reversed by the administration of Atip.

CONCLUSIONS: Dex may protect against TBI-induced ALI via the HMGB1-RAGE signal pathway, and this protective effect is partly dependent on its α2 adrenoceptor agonist action.

Keywords: acute lung injury, Brain Injuries

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