Extended Second Window of Protection of Sevoflurane-induced Preconditioning

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Abstract

Late preconditioning (LPC) can be induced by volatile anesthetics and initiates cardioprotection against ischemia/reperfusion injury for 3–4 days. We investigated the possibility to extend the time window of sevoflurane-induced LPC by repeated sevoflurane administration. An in vivo rat model of regional myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury was used. Myocardial infarct size was determined by triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining at the end of the experiment. In the first series of experiments, male Wistar rats were randomized to 5 groups (each n = 8). Control animals were not treated further. Animals in the preconditioning groups inhaled sevoflurane for 60 minutes (1 MAC) 24, 48, 72, and 96 hours, respectively, before myocardial ischemia. Based on the findings of the first experimental series, another 6 groups of animals were investigated. Again, control animals were left untreated; all other animals received a second sevoflurane stimulus 72 hours after the first sevoflurane treatment, and myocardial ischemia was induced 24, 48, 72, and 96 hours, respectively, after the second sevoflurane treatment to investigate, whether the cardioprotective effect could be extended. Sevoflurane reduced infarct size after 24, 48, and 72 hours (each P < 0.05 vs. control) but not after 96 hours. The repeated administration of sevoflurane 72 hours after the first stimulus extended the time window of protection for additional 72 hours (each P < 0.05 vs. control). There was no myocardial protection 4 days after the second preconditioning stimulus. The time window of sevoflurane-induced LPC can be extended by an additional sevoflurane stimulus up to 72 hours after the initial sevoflurane exposure.

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