Isoflurane exposure in infant rats acutely increases aquaporin 4 and does not cause neurocognitive impairment

Demirgan S., Akyol O., Temel Z., Sengelen A., PEKMEZ M., Demirgan R., ...Daha Fazla

BOSNIAN JOURNAL OF BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES, cilt.19, sa.3, ss.257-264, 2019 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 19 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.17305/bjbms.2019.4116
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.257-264


Isoflurane is commonly used in pediatric population, but its mechanism of action in cognition is unclear. Aquaporin 4 (AQP(4)) regulates water content in blood, brain, and cerebrospinal fluid. Various studies have provided evidence for the role of AQP(4) in synaptic plasticity and neurocognition. In this study, we aimed to determine whether a prolonged exposure to isoflurane in infant rats is associated with cognition and what effect this exposure has on AQP(4). expression. Ten-day-old [postnatal day (P)(10)] Wistar albino rats were randomly allocated to isoflurane group (n = 32; 1.5% isoflurane in 50% oxygen for 6 hours) or control group (n = 32; only 50% oxygen for 6 hours). Acute (P-11) and long-term (P-33) effects of 6-hour anesthetic isoflurane exposure on AQP(4) expression were analyzed in whole brains of P-11 and P-33 rats by RT-qPCR and Western blot. Spatial learning and memory were assessed on P-28 to P-33 days by Morris Water Maze (MWM) test. The analysis revealed that isoflurane increased acutely both mRNA (similar to 4.5 fold) and protein (similar to 90%) levels of AQP(4) in P-11 rats compared with control group. The increasing levels of AQP(4) in Pu were not observed in P-33 rats. Also, no statistically significant change between isoflurane and control groups was observed in the latency to find the platform during MWM training and probe trial. Our results indicate that a single exposure to isoflurane anesthesia does not influence cognition in infant rats. In this case, acutely increased AQP(4) after isoflurane anesthesia may have a protective role in neurocognition.