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Effects of dexmedetomidine in conjunction with remote ischemic preconditioning on renal ischemia–reperfusion injury in rats

Emine Bagcik Sevda Ozkardesler Nilay Boztas Bekir Ugur Ergur Mert Akan Mehmet Guneli Sule Ozbilgin About the authors

Background and objectives:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of remote ischemic preconditioning by brief ischemia of unilateral hind limb when combined with dexmedetomidine on renal ischemia-reperfusion injury by histopathology and active caspase-3 immunoreactivity in rats.


28 Wistar albino male rats were divided into 4 groups. Group I (Sham, n = 7): Laparotomy and renal pedicle dissection were performed at 65th minute of anesthesia and the rats were observed under anesthesia for 130min. Group II (ischemia-reperfusion, n = 7): At 65th minute of anesthesia bilateral renal pedicles were clamped. After 60 min ischemia 24 h of reperfusion was performed. Group III (ischemia-reperfusion + dexmedetomidine, n = 7): At the fifth minute of reperfusion (100 μg/kg intra-peritoneal) dexmedetomidine was administered with ischemia-reperfusion group. Reperfusion lasted 24 h. Group IV (ischemia-reperfusion + remote ischemic preconditioning + dexmedetomidine, n = 7): After laparotomy, three cycles of ischemic preconditioning (10 min ischemia and 10 min reperfusion) were applied to the left hind limb and after 5 min with group III.


Histopathological injury scores and active caspase-3 immunoreactivity were significantly lower in the Sham group compared to the other groups. Histopathological injury scores in groups III and IV were significantly lower than group II (p = 0.03 and p = 0.05). Active caspase-3 immunoreactivity was significantly lower in the group IV than group II (p = 0.01) and there was no significant difference between group II and group III (p = 0.06).


Pharmacologic conditioning with dexmedetomidine and remote ischemic preconditioning when combined with dexmedetomidine significantly decreases renal ischemia- reperfusion injury histomorphologically. Combined use of two methods prevents apoptosis via active caspase-3.

Kidney; Ischemia-reperfusion injury; Dexmedetomidine; Caspase-3; Ischemic preconditioning; Apoptosis

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