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Potential neurotoxicity of prenatal exposure to sevoflurane on offspring: Metabolomics investigation on neurodevelopment and underlying mechanism

Repeated or prolonged anesthesia to pregnant women disturbs neurodevelopment of developing infants, but its mechanism has not been elaborated absolutely. This study was conducted to investigate the mechanism of potential neurotoxicity on their offspring generation after sevoflurane anesthesia in adult animals during pregnancy based on metabolomics. 16 pregnant rats were equally assigned to sevoflurane group and control group, and serum samples were collected from their 7-day-old offspring for metabolomics analysis using ultra performance liquid chromatography coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Principal component analysis and partial least squares-discriminate analysis were used for pattern recognition, and pathway analysis was performed by MetaboAnalyst platform. 29 metabolites were discovered as neurotoxicity related-biomarkers, among which S-Adenosylmethioninamine was inhibited dramatically after sevoflurane exposure. Prenatal exposure to sevoflurane led to a significant reduction in S-Adenosylmethionine level, as shown by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Pathway analysis highlighted that prenatal exposure to sevoflurane induced alteration in arginine/proline metabolism, cysteine/methionine metabolism, and so on. The most important altered metabolic pathway was arginine/proline metabolism. This study suggests that abnormal methylation and disturbed arginine/proline metabolism may crucially contribute to the mechanism with neurotoxicity on offspring generation after sevoflurane anesthesia in adult animals during pregnancy, and dietary supplement of S-Adenosylmethionine and modulating arginine/proline metabolism may be the potential therapeutic targets for protecting neurodevelopment from detrimental effects of prenatal exposure to inhalational anesthetics.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0736574817301557

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