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Rocuronium (ROC) and Vecuronium (VEC) are the most currently used steroidal non-depolarizing neuromuscular blocking (MNB) agents. Sugammadex (SUG) rapidly reverses steroidal NMB agents after anaesthesia. The present study was conducted in order to evaluate neuronal effects of SUG alone and in combination with both ROC and VEC. Using MTT, CASP-3 activity and Western-blot we determined the toxicity of SUG, ROC or VEC in neurons in primary culture. SUG induces apoptosis/necrosis in neurons in primary culture and increases cytochrome C (CytC), apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF), Smac/Diablo and Caspase 3 (CASP-3) protein expression. Our results also demonstrated that both ROC and VEC prevent these SUG effects. The protective role of both ROC and VEC could be explained by the fact that SUG encapsulates NMB drugs. In BBB impaired conditions it would be desirable to control SUG doses to prevent the excess of free SUG in plasma that may induce neuronal damage. A balance between SUG, ROC or VEC would be necessary to prevent the risk of cell damage.


Martin Aldasoro, Adrian Jorda, Constanza Aldasoro, Patricia Marchio, Sol Guerra-Ojeda, Marc Gimeno-Raga, Mª Dolores Mauricio, Antonio Iradi, Elena Obrador, Jose Mª Vila, Soraya L Valles. Neuronal Effects of Sugammadex in combination with Rocuronium or Vecuronium. International journal of medical sciences. 2017;14(3):224-230

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PMID: 28367082

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