Immunohistochemical analysis of protective effects of maternal fingolimod on the placenta and fetal lung and brain in chorioamnionitis-induced preterm birth rat model.

Yavuz A., Sezik M. , Eris Y., Asci H. , Ozmen O.

Immunopharmacology and immunotoxicology, vol.42, pp.564-571, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/08923973.2020.1818771
  • Title of Journal : Immunopharmacology and immunotoxicology
  • Page Numbers: pp.564-571
  • Keywords: Chorioamnionitis, fingolimod, lipopolysaccharide, neuroprotective effect, preterm birth, MOUSE MODEL, INFLAMMATION, FTY720, INJURY, INFECTION, OUTCOMES, CLOSURE


Objectives Fingolimod (FIN) is used for multiple sclerosis treatment and has potential antiapoptotic and anti-inflammatory effects. We aimed at expanding our knowledge on various immunohistochemical markers for elucidating the possible mechanisms of action of fingolimod in the placenta and fetal lung and brain. Methods Sixteen pregnant rats were divided into four groups. On gestational day 17, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was injected intraperitoneally to induce preterm fetal injury followed by intraperitoneal injection of fingolimod. Hysterotomy for preterm delivery was performed 6 h after fingolimod was injected. The study groups included (1) control, (2) LPS (1 mg/kg), (3) FIN (4 mg/kg), and (4) FIN + LPS. Fetal brain and lung and placenta samples were collected for histopathological examination. Moreover, fetal lungs (surfactant protein-A (SP-A), SP-B, SP-D, caspase-3, and caspase-8), fetal brains (interleukin-10, interleukin-1 beta, TNF-alpha, caspase-8, glial fibrillary acidic protein, vimentin, myelin basic protein, and receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa), and placenta tissues (interleukin-10, interleukin-1 beta, TNF-alpha, caspase-3, and caspase-8) were immunohistochemically evaluated. Results Maternal fingolimod treatment led to attenuation of LPS-induced fetal brain, lung, and placental injury, as indicated by lower immunoexpression of inflammatory markers compared to LPS group (p< .0001 for all comparisons). Conclusion The findings of the present study confirm the neuroprotective effects of antenatally administered fingolimod, which also significantly improved preterm fetal lung injury and placental inflammation in LPS-exposed preterm pregnancies by possible antiapoptotic and anti-inflammatory effects.