Deleterious Effect of Hyperoxia at Birth on White Matter Damage in the Newborn Rat

INSERM, AVENIR R05230HS (U676), Université Paris 7, Faculté de Médecine Denis Diderot, IFR 02, Paris, France.
Developmental Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 2.7). 06/2011; 33(3-4):261-9. DOI: 10.1159/000327245
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White matter damage (WMD) remains the leading cause of cerebral palsy in children born prematurely. The release of an excessive amount of reactive oxygen species is recognized as a risk factor for WMD. We hypothesize that free radical injury during reoxygenation at birth may be harmful to the immature white matter and may underlie, at least in part, the pathogenesis of WMD. We tested this hypothesis in rat pups delivered from normoxic pregnant rats, and by investigating an animal model based on protracted antenatal hypoxia in the pregnant rat and mimicking the main features of human WMD in rat pups. From embryonic day (E)5 to E21, the pregnant rats were placed in a chamber supplied with a gas mixture that either induced hypoxia (FiO(2) = 10%) or maintained normoxia (FiO(2) = 21%). On E21, the dams were removed from the chamber and housed under either normoxia (FiO(2) = 21%), hyperoxia (FiO(2) = 60%) or slowly reoxygenated (FiO(2) from 15% at E21 to 21% at postnatal day 7). Postnatal hyperoxia was associated with a significantly increased density of activated microglial cells (+105%) and TUNEL (terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick end labeling)-positive cells (+85%) within the developing white matter. Myelin content (-31%) and mature oligodendrocyte density (-37%) in the normal developing white matter were significantly decreased by postnatal hyperoxia. Postnatal hyperoxia significantly potentiated the myelination delay and oligodendroglial dysmaturation induced by antenatal hypoxia. In contrast, progressive reoxygenation at birth did not induce any change in white matter inflammation, myelination and cell death as compared with normoxic controls, and prevented most of the WMD observed following antenatal hypoxia. This study demonstrates a deleterious effect of hyperoxia at birth on the developing white matter in normal rat pups. Postnatal hyperoxia worsened the WMD induced by antenatal hypoxia. Hyperoxia at birth should be avoided in preterm infants at risk of WMD.

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    • "Based on clinical observations (Collins et al., 2001), experimental work confirmed the role of oxygen toxicity in preterm brain injury (Felderhoff-Mueser et al., 2004; Sirinyan et al., 2006). Neonatal hyperoxia-triggered neurodegeneration correlates with inflammatory responses and induction of reactive oxygen species inducing oligodendroglial cell death and hypomyelination associated with ultrastructural changes of the developing white matter and motor-cognitive deficits (Brehmer et al., 2012; Dzietko et al., 2008; Gerstner et al., 2008; Pham et al., 2014; Ritter et al., 2013; Schmitz et al., 2012, 2014; Sifringer et al., 2012, 2010, 2009; Vottier et al., 2011). Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a phosphorylated sphingolipid regulating growth, survival, proliferation, and differentiation of cells (Spiegel and Milstien, 2011). "
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    • "Both intermittent and continuous neonatal hypoxia reduce long-term myelination and induce angiogenesis in the rat brain [10,23]. Furthermore, neonatal hyperoxia causes microvascular degeneration in grey matter [24] and maturation-dependent cell death in white matter [25,26]. It is conceivable that, both in the retina and brain, fluctuations between high and low oxygen levels disturb the coordinated formation of the neurovascular unit in a period of major growth and differentiation in both organs. "
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    • "For example, using a neonatal rat model of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury, Back and colleagues found that the white matter injury involved apoptotic death of the late OPCs (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells) (Back et al., 2001, 2002). Late OPCs also were found to be vulnerable to cell death in other models of neonatal white matter injury (Vottier et al., 2011; Falahati et al., 2013). Oligodendrocyte progenitors are especially vulnerable to increased levels of glutamate, which has been implicated in white matter damage after neonatal H–I (hypoxia–ischemia), spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis (Petito et al., 1998; Ness et al., 2001; Park et al., 2004). "
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