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Insights into the role of iron in immature rat model of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury

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This study aimed to investigate the role of iron in the occurrence and development of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury (HIBI) in immature rat models using 3-day-old Sprague Dawley rats. Normal control (NC), hypoxic-ischemic (HI), anemia, HI + ischemia, early iron treatment and late iron treatment groups were established. Rat brain tissue sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin and pathologically evaluated. Iron content and mRNA expression levels of iron regulatory protein 2 (IRP2) and transferrin receptor in the brain tissues were measured. Ultrastructural changes in the actin, microtubules, myelin and mitochondria of oligodendrocytes and axons were examined by electron microscopy. Numbers of viable myelin sheaths and oligodendrocytes in the periventricular area were also observed. Pathological damage of brain tissue in the HI group was markedly increased compared with that in the NC group. Furthermore, there was a higher iron content and reduced number of viable oligodendrocytes in the periventricular area of the HI group compared with the NC group. No significant difference in iron content was observed between the HI + anemia and NC groups. The number of viable oligodendrocytes in the HI + anemia group was increased compared with that in the HI group, and the number in the HI + anemia group with late iron treatment was lower compared with that in the NC group and increased compared with that in the HI + anemia group. Electron microscopy revealed a significantly higher number of myelin sheaths in the HI + anemia group than in the HI group. IRP2 mRNA expression levels in the brain tissues were significantly decreased in the HI + anemia group compared with the HI group. The results suggest that anemia may reduce the rate of increase of iron content of the brain following HI. However, the early occurrence of anemia may protect against HIBI.

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Hematoxylin and eosin staining of the rat brain cortex, hippocampus and areas surrounding the lateral ventricles in the normal control and hypoxic-ischemic (HI) groups at ×100 and ×400 magnification.
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f1-etm-0-0-3550: Hematoxylin and eosin staining of the rat brain cortex, hippocampus and areas surrounding the lateral ventricles in the normal control and hypoxic-ischemic (HI) groups at ×100 and ×400 magnification.

Mentions: In the NC group, the brain tissues looked healthy, with neatly ordered, normally shaped cells with a central nucleus and clearly visible nucleoli (Fig. 1). However, in the HI group, a large number of cells in the cortical, hippocampal and periventricular areas exhibited necrosis, vacuolar degeneration, nuclear condensation and fragmentation. In some cases, dissolution of the nucleus was observed.


Insights into the role of iron in immature rat model of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury
Hematoxylin and eosin staining of the rat brain cortex, hippocampus and areas surrounding the lateral ventricles in the normal control and hypoxic-ischemic (HI) groups at ×100 and ×400 magnification.
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f1-etm-0-0-3550: Hematoxylin and eosin staining of the rat brain cortex, hippocampus and areas surrounding the lateral ventricles in the normal control and hypoxic-ischemic (HI) groups at ×100 and ×400 magnification.
Mentions: In the NC group, the brain tissues looked healthy, with neatly ordered, normally shaped cells with a central nucleus and clearly visible nucleoli (Fig. 1). However, in the HI group, a large number of cells in the cortical, hippocampal and periventricular areas exhibited necrosis, vacuolar degeneration, nuclear condensation and fragmentation. In some cases, dissolution of the nucleus was observed.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

This study aimed to investigate the role of iron in the occurrence and development of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury (HIBI) in immature rat models using 3-day-old Sprague Dawley rats. Normal control (NC), hypoxic-ischemic (HI), anemia, HI + ischemia, early iron treatment and late iron treatment groups were established. Rat brain tissue sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin and pathologically evaluated. Iron content and mRNA expression levels of iron regulatory protein 2 (IRP2) and transferrin receptor in the brain tissues were measured. Ultrastructural changes in the actin, microtubules, myelin and mitochondria of oligodendrocytes and axons were examined by electron microscopy. Numbers of viable myelin sheaths and oligodendrocytes in the periventricular area were also observed. Pathological damage of brain tissue in the HI group was markedly increased compared with that in the NC group. Furthermore, there was a higher iron content and reduced number of viable oligodendrocytes in the periventricular area of the HI group compared with the NC group. No significant difference in iron content was observed between the HI + anemia and NC groups. The number of viable oligodendrocytes in the HI + anemia group was increased compared with that in the HI group, and the number in the HI + anemia group with late iron treatment was lower compared with that in the NC group and increased compared with that in the HI + anemia group. Electron microscopy revealed a significantly higher number of myelin sheaths in the HI + anemia group than in the HI group. IRP2 mRNA expression levels in the brain tissues were significantly decreased in the HI + anemia group compared with the HI group. The results suggest that anemia may reduce the rate of increase of iron content of the brain following HI. However, the early occurrence of anemia may protect against HIBI.

No MeSH data available.