Combined Use of Magnesium Sulfate and Fingolimod for Antenatal Neuroprotection against Inflammation-Mediated Experimental Preterm Brain Injury in a Rat Model.

Yalcin S. E. , Sezik M. , Yavuz A., Savran M. , Asci H. , Ozmen O.

Fetal and pediatric pathology, pp.1-13, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/15513815.2021.1945174
  • Title of Journal : Fetal and pediatric pathology
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-13
  • Keywords: Fingolimod, inflammation, magnesium sulfate, prenatal, neuroprotection, BIRTH, MELATONIN, TRIAL


Background We compared the neuroprotective effects of Fingolimod (fng), a neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory drug, with that of magnesium sulfate (MgSO4), alone and in combination, in fetal rat whose mothers were exposed to endotoxin. Method Seven groups of pregnant rats (28 total) were evaluated at 0.8 gestation - Group1 - saline only; 2 - endotoxin only; 3 - endotoxin + MgSO4; 4 - endotoxin + fng; 5 - endotoxin + MgSO4 + fng; 6 - saline + fng; 7 - saline + MgSO4 + fng. Preterm labor was induced 4 h after intraperitoneal endotoxin administration. Fetal brain samples were examined immunohistochemically using S100 beta, IL-6, and IL-10. Results Endotoxin caused increased expression of S100 beta, IL-6, and IL-10. Compared with MgSO4 alone, combined treatment was associated with lower expression of IL-10, IL-6 and S100 beta. Conclusion Fng decreases inflammatory markers after in-utero exposure to endotoxin, has a synergistic effect combined with MgSO4, and may be a candidate neuroprotective drug for inflammation-induced preterm brain injury.