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Cerebral protection of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) via preservation of mitochondrial function and ERK inhibition in a rat resuscitation model

Authors Qin S, Chen MH, Fang W, Tan XF, Xie L, Yang YG, Qin T, Li N

Received 11 May 2019

Accepted for publication 19 July 2019

Published 7 August 2019 Volume 2019:13 Pages 2759—2768


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Tuo Deng

Sina Qin,* Meng-hua Chen,* Wei Fang, Xiao-feng Tan, Lu Xie, Ye-gui Yang, Tao Qin, Nuo Li

Intensive Care Unit, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, Guangxi, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background: Various and opposite roles of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) have been reported in different studies. We aimed to investigate how EGCG affects the cerebral injury in a cardiac arrest/cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CA/CPR) model of rat.
Methods: The rats which were subjected to CA/CPR randomly received low dose of EGCG (3 mg/kg, Low-EGCG group, n=16), high dose of EGCG (9 mg/kg, High-EGCG group, n=16) and equal volume of 0.9% saline solution (NS group, n=16) at the first minute after return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). The rats underwent anesthesia and intubation were defined as Sham group (n=16). Twenty-four hours after ROSC, neural defect score (NDS), ROS fluorescence intensity, degree of mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening, ATP contents and mitochondrial ATP synthase expression were evaluated in the four groups. The expression of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activity and cleaved-caspase 3 were also detected by Western blot.
Results: CA/CPR induced severe ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), resulted in mitochondrial dysfunction and upregulated phosphorylation of ERK. EGCG dose-dependently alleviated the IRI after CA/CPR, inhibited ERK activity and restored mitochondrial function and, as indicated by improved NDS, reduced ROS level, decreased mPTP opening, elevated ATP content, increased ATPase expression and downregulated cleaved-caspase 3 level.
Conclusion: EGCG alleviated global cerebral IRI by restoring mitochondrial dysfunction and ERK modulation in a rat CA/CPR model, which might make it a potential candidate agent against IRI after CA/CPR in the future. Further study is needed to determine whether higher dosage of EGCG might aggravate cerebral IRI post-CA/CPR.

Keywords: EGCG, CA/CPR, ischemia-reperfusion injury, mitochondrial permeability transition pore, ATP, ERK

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