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CJAP ›› 2019, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (4): 308-311.doi: 10.12047/j.cjap.5792.2019.065

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Altered expressions of SphK1 and S1PR2 in hippocampus of epileptic rats

DONG Yuan-yuan1, WANG Lin2, CHU Xu2, CUI Shuai3, KONG Qing-xia2△   

  1. 1. Cheeloo College of Medicine, Shandong University, Jinan 250012;
    2. Department of Neurology, Affiliated Hospital of Jining Medical University, Jining 272000;
    3.Weifang Medical University, Weifang 261053, China
  • Received:2018-12-07 Online:2019-07-28 Published:2019-11-06

Abstract: Objective: To observe the expressions of sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1) and sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 2 (S1PR2) in hippocampus of epileptic rats and to investigate the pathogenesis of SphK1 and S1PR2 in epilepsy. Methods: One hundred and eight male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into control group (n=48) and pilocarpine (PILO) group (n=60). A robust convulsive status epilepticus (SE) was induced in PILO group rats by the application of pilocarpine. Control group rats were injected with respective of physiological saline. Pilocarpine group was randomly divided into 6 subgroups (n=8): acute group (E6 h, E1 d, E3 d), latent group (E7 d) and chronic group (E30 d, E56 d). Each subgroup has 8 control rats and 8 epileptic rats. Hippocampal tissue and brain slices were obtained from control rats and rats subjected to the Li-PILO model of epilepsy at 6 h, 1 d, 3 d,7 d,30 d and 56 d after status epilepticus (SE). Western blot technique was used to determine the expressions of SphK1 and S1PR2 in hippocampus at different point of time after pilocarpine treatment. Immunofluorescence was applied to detect the activation and proliferation of hippocampal astrocytes and the localization of SphK1 and S1PR2 in rat hippocampal astrocytes. Results: Compared with control group, the levels of SphK1 in acute phase (E3 d), latent phase (E7 d) and chronic phase (E30 d, E56 d) were significantly increased while the expressions of S1PR2 were decreased in acute phase (E3 d), latent phase (E7 d) and chronic phase (E30 d, E56 d)(P<0.05 or P<0.01). Immunofluorescence results showed astrocyte activation and proliferation in hippocampus of epileptic (E7 d) rats (P<0.05). Confocal microscopy confirmed the preferential expressions of SphK1 and S1PR2 in epileptic rat(E7 d)hippocampal astrocytes. Conclusion: The results indicate that SphK1 and S1PR2 may play an important role in the pathogenesis of epilepsy by regulating the activation and proliferation of hippocampal astrocytes and altering neuronal excitability.

Key words: epilepsy, rat, sphingosine kinase 1, sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 2, astrocyte

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