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Mangiferin Potentiates Neuroprotection by Isoflurane in Neonatal Hypoxic Brain Injury by Reducing Oxidative Stress and Activation of Phosphatidylinositol-3-Kinase/Akt/Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (PI3K/Akt/mTOR) Signaling

Jia-shui Xi, Yu-fen Wang, Xin-xin Long, Yan Ma

Department of Pediatrics, Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24:7459-7468

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.908142

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Published: 2018-10-19

BACKGROUND: Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in the perinatal period is a main cause of perinatal mortality and neurologic complications in neonates and children. Recent studies have focused on the neuroprotective effect of anesthetic drugs. The volatile anesthetic isoflurane has been shown to exert neuroprotective effects in cerebral ischemia. Mangiferin is a natural polyphenol with various pharmacological properties, including antioxidant and ant-tumor effects. This study aimed to determine whether mangiferin potentiates the neuroprotective effects of isoflurane and also if mangiferin when administered alone exerts neuroprotective effects following hypoxic-ischemic brain injury.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to cerebral hypoxic ischemia on postnatal day 10 (P10). Mangiferin (50, 100, or 200 mg/kg b.w.) was intragastrically administered from P3 to P12 and 1 h prior to insult on the day of ischemic induction. At 3 h after hypoxia-ischemia (HI) insult, separate groups of rat pups were exposed to isoflurane (1.5%) for 6 h. Following 48 h of HI, the rats were sacrificed and brain tissues were used for analysis.
RESULTS: Mangiferin treatment attenuated neuronal apoptosis and reduced cerebral infarct volume. The expression of cleaved caspase-3 and apoptotic cascade proteins were regulated. The levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and malondialdehyde were reduced by mangiferin and/or isoflurane exposure. The levels of antioxidant glutathione were considerably raised under HI injury, which was modulated by mangiferin and isoflurane exposure. The PI3K/Akt signaling pathway, which was downregulated following HI insult, was activated by mangiferin and/or isoflurane.
CONCLUSIONS: This study reveals the potent neuroprotective efficacy of mangiferin against HI-induced brain injury via effectively modulating apoptotic pathways, ROS levels, and PI3K/Akt cascades while potentiating protective effects of isoflurane.

Keywords: Brain Injuries, Cell Hypoxia, Isoflurane, Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases