The protective effects of dexmedetomidine on liver injury-induced myocardial ischemia reperfusion

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Bratislava Medical Journal, vol.115, no.7, pp.422-426, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 115 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.4149/bll_2014_083
  • Journal Name: Bratislava Medical Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.422-426
  • Keywords: dexmedetomidine, myocardial ischemia reperfusion, remote organ, liver injury, i-NOS, rat, DAMAGE, ISCHEMIA/REPERFUSION, APOPTOSIS, EXPRESSION, INFUSION, KIDNEY, RAT
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dexmedetomidine (100 μg/kg-ip) on liver injury-induced myocardial ischemia and reperfusion (IR) in rats. Materials and methods: Twenty-four Wistar Albino rats were separated into four groups. There were four experimental groups (Group C (Control; n = 6), Group IR (ischemia-reperfusion, n = 6), Group D (Dexmedetomidine; n = 6) that underwent left thoracotomy and received ip dexmedetomidine without IR administered via 100 μg/ kg ip route 30 minutes before ligating the left coronary artery, and Group IR-D (IR-Dexmedetomidine; n = 6). A small plastic snare was threaded through the ligature and placed in contact with the heart. To produce IR, a branch of the left coronary artery was occluded for 30 min followed by two hours of reperfusion. However, after the above procedure, the coronary artery was not occluded or reperfused in the control rats. At the end of the study, liver tissue was obtained for histochemical and immunohistochemical determination. Some part of tissue samples were stained with Masson-trichrome for the evaluation of ultrastructural changes and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression was evaluated in other part of samples for immunohistochemical examination. Results: Histopathological changes were detected in Group IR when compared with Group C. iNOS expression was found to be increased and stronger particularly in the vascular wall, perisinusoidal space and hepatocytes around vena centralis in this group compared to the control group. Perivascular oedema was detected to be decreased in Group IR-D compared to Group IR. It was also observed that the impairment in the radial arrangement of hepatocytes significantly recovered in Group IR-D. The immunoreactivity was found to be significantly decreased in the assessment of iNOS expression in the same group when compared with Group IR. Conclusion: Administration of dexmedetomidine ameliorates liver injury induced by myocardial ischemia and reperfusion.