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Current Neurovascular Research


ISSN (Print): 1567-2026
ISSN (Online): 1875-5739

Obesity Promotes Oxidative Stress and Exacerbates Sepsis-induced Brain Damage

Author(s): Andriele Aparecida Vieira, Monique Michels, Drielly Florentino, Diego Zapelini Nascimento, Gislaine Tezza Rezin, Daniela Dimer Leffa, Jucelia Jeremias Fortunato, Felipe Dal-Pizzol, Tatiana Barichello, Joao Quevedo and Fabricia Petronilho

Volume 12, Issue 2, 2015

Page: [147 - 154] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1567202612666150311111913

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Sepsis is a severe clinical syndrome in which a system-wide inflammatory response follows initial attempts to eliminate pathogens. It is not novel that in sepsis the brain is one of the first organs affected which causes an increase in morbidity and mortality and its consequences may be exacerbated when associated with a diagnosis of chronic inflammation, such as in obesity. Thus, the aim of the present study is to evaluate the susceptibility to brain damage after sepsis in obese rats. During two months, Wistar rats, 60 days, 250-300g received hypercaloric nutrition to induce obesity. Sepsis was submitted to the cecal ligation and perforation (CLP) procedure and sham-operated rats was considered control group. The experimental groups were divided into Sham + Eutrophic, Sham + Obesity, CLP + Eutrophic and CLP + Obesity. Twelve and twenty four hours after surgery the blood brain barrier (BBB) permeability, nitrite/nitrate concentration, myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, oxidative damage to lipids and proteins and superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) activities were evaluated in the hippocampus, cortex and prefrontal cortex. The data indicate that in obese rats subjected to sepsis occurs an increase of BBB permeability in different brain regions compared to eutrophic septic rats. This alteration reflected an increase of MPO activity, concentration of nitrite/nitrate, oxidative damage to lipids and proteins and an imbalance of SOD and CAT especially 24 hours after sepsis. It follows that obesity due to its pro-inflammatory phenotype can aggravate or accelerate the sepsis-induced damage in rat brain.

Keywords: Brain damage, hypercaloric diet, inflammation, obesity, oxidative stress, sepsis.

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