Rapamycin protects testes against germ cell apoptosis and oxidative stress induced by testicular ischemia-reperfusion

Ghasemnejad Berenji, M and Ghazi Khansari, M and Yazdani, I and Nobakht, M and Saeedi Saravi, S.S and Ghasemnejad Berenji, H and Mohajer Ansari, J and Abdollahi, A.R and Dehpour, A.R and Pashapour, S (2017) Rapamycin protects testes against germ cell apoptosis and oxidative stress induced by testicular ischemia-reperfusion. Iran J Basic Med Sci, 20. pp. 905-911.


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Rapamycin is an immunosuppressant compound with a broad spectrum of pharmacological activities. In recent years, it has been used successfully to decrease ischemia-reperfusion injury in several organ systems. The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of rapamycin on testicular ischemia-reperfusion injury. Materials and Methods: Seventy-two adult male Wistar rats were divided into six groups: control (group1), sham-operated (Group2), T/D + DMSO as vehicle group (group3), and groups 4–6; respectively received 0.5, 1, and 1.5 mgkg-1 of rapamycin , IP 30 min before detorsion. Ischemia was achieved by twisting the right testis 720o clockwise for 1 hr. The right testis of 6 animals from each group were excised 4 hr after detorsion for the measurement of lipid peroxidation, caspase-3, and antioxidant enzyme activities. Histopathological changes and germ cell apoptosis were determined by measuring mean of seminiferous tubules diameters (MSTD) and TUNEL test in right testis of 6 animals per group, 24 hr after detorsion. Results: Testicular T/D caused increases in the apoptosis, malondialdehyde (MDA), and caspase-3 levels and decreases in the superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activities in ipsilateral testis (P<0.001). The rats treated with rapamycin had significant decreases in the MDA and caspase-3 levels and significant increases in the SOD, CAT and GPx activities in ipsilateral testis compared with the T/D group (P<0.001); germ cell apoptosis was decreased, and MSTD was improved. Conclusion: Rapamycin administration during testicular torsion decreased ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) cellular damage

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Apoptosis Ischemia-reperfusion Rapamycin Testicular torsion Testis
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email gholipour.s@umsu.ac.ir
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2018 05:54
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2019 08:05
URI: http://eprints.umsu.ac.ir/id/eprint/4776

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