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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 648--651

Repeated administration of propofol upregulated the expression of c-Fos and cleaved-caspase-3 proteins in the developing mouse brain

Yin Cui1, Gou Ling-Shan1, Liu Yi1, Wang Xing-Qi2, Zhuang Xue-Mei1, Yin Xiao-Xing1 
1 School of Pharmacy, Xuzhou Medical College, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, 221002, China
2 Neurobiology, Xuzhou Medical College, 84 West Huaihai Road, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China

Correspondence Address:
Liu Yi
School of Pharmacy, Xuzhou Medical College, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, 221002
China

Objectives and Aim : This study was designed to analyze the relationship between the expression of c-Fos protein and apoptosis in the hippocampus following propofol administration in infant mice. There are reports that certain drugs, including the general anesthetics applied in pediatrics and obstetrics, could block N-methyl-D-aspartate glutamate receptors and activate γ-aminobutyric acid type A receptors. Furthermore, some anesthetics could trigger neuroapoptosis and the expression of c-Fos in the developing rodent brain. Propofol is a general anesthetic increasingly used in pediatrics and obstetrics, and is reported to be able to interact with both γ-aminobutyric acid type A and N-methyl-D-aspartate glutamate receptors. No adequate evaluations have been available as to whether the dosage of propofol to maintain anaesthesia could trigger the expression of c-Fos and apoptosis. Materials and Methods : Intraperitoneal injections of propofol (50, 100 and 150 mg/kg) or vehicle were administered every 90 minutes (4 times) in infant mice (5-7 days old). 30 minutes after the final administration, the protein expressions of c-Fos and cleaved-caspase-3 in the hippocampus were determined by immunohistochemistry and Western blotting. Results : It was demonstrated that the expressions of cleaved-caspase-3 and c-Fos were upregulated in the hippocampal CA3 region in this study. Conclusions : The upregulated c-Fos expression induced by repeated injections of propofol might evoke neuroapoptosis.


How to cite this article:
Cui Y, Ling-Shan G, Yi L, Xing-Qi W, Xue-Mei Z, Xiao-Xing Y. Repeated administration of propofol upregulated the expression of c-Fos and cleaved-caspase-3 proteins in the developing mouse brain.Indian J Pharmacol 2011;43:648-651


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Cui Y, Ling-Shan G, Yi L, Xing-Qi W, Xue-Mei Z, Xiao-Xing Y. Repeated administration of propofol upregulated the expression of c-Fos and cleaved-caspase-3 proteins in the developing mouse brain. Indian J Pharmacol [serial online] 2011 [cited 2021 Sep 17 ];43:648-651
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