Inflammation Research

, Volume 66, Issue 10, pp 901–910 | Cite as

Effects of sevoflurane on NF-кB and TNF-α expression in renal ischemia–reperfusion diabetic rats

  • Yu Zhang
  • Fang Hu
  • Jianghua Wen
  • Xiaohong Wei
  • Yingjuan Zeng
  • Ying Sun
  • Shunkui Luo
  • Liao SunEmail author
Original Research Paper



Ischemia–reperfusion (I/R) injury is the main reason of acute renal failure. However, inflammatory response and cell apoptosis are important mechanisms implicated in I/R injury. Recent studies indicated that nuclear factor kappa B (NF-кB) and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) are both involved in these mechanisms. Sevoflurane reduces NF-кB and TNF-α expression in rats’ heart and decreases their renal I/R injury. However, few studies are available regarding the effect of sevoflurane on kidney of diabetic rats. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate sevoflurane effect on NF-кB and TNF-α expression in diabetic rats to decrease renal I/R injury.


Male Sprague–Dawley rats were divided into five groups: Group A, non-diabetic rats underwent sham operation; Group B, non-diabetic rats with renal I/R injury; Group C, diabetic rats underwent sham operation; Group D, diabetic rats with renal I/R injury; Group E, diabetic rats with renal I/R injury after sevoflurane pretreatment. Rats of Group E were exposed to 2.5% sevoflurane for 30 min. After 24 h, creatinine (Cr), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), renal cell apoptosis, and NF-кB and TNF-α expression in kidney were assessed.


Renal cell apoptosis, NF-кB, and TNF-α expression were significantly higher in diabetic rats with renal I/R injury group compared to diabetic rats that underwent sham operation (P < 0.01). These changes were significantly reduced by sevoflurane (P < 0.01).


Sevoflurane exerted a protective effect against renal injury by lowering the expression of NF-кB and TNF-α in renal I/R diabetic rats.

Graphical abstract


Diabetes mellitus Renal ischemia–reperfusion injury Sevoflurane NF-кB TNF-α 



This research was supported by the Planning Project of Science and Technology of Zhuhai (No. PC2010B04102028).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.

Ethical approval

All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fang Hu
    • 1
  • Jianghua Wen
    • 3
  • Xiaohong Wei
    • 1
  • Yingjuan Zeng
    • 1
  • Ying Sun
    • 1
  • Shunkui Luo
    • 1
  • Liao Sun
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Endocrinology and MetabolismThe Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen UniversityZhuhaiChina
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyDongguan Maternal and Child Health HospitalDongguanChina
  3. 3.Department of Health ExaminationJiangmen Central HospitalJiangmenChina

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