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Jing Qiu, Min Wang, Jun Zhang, Qing Cai, Dan Lu, Yansong Li, Yushu Dong, Tianzhi Zhao, Huisheng Chen
Neuroinflammation remains the primary cause of morbidity and mortality in stroke-induced secondary brain injury. The NOD-like receptor pyrin 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is involved in diverse inflammatory diseases, including cerebral ischemia, and is thus considered an effective therapeutic target. In the present study, we investigated the neuroprotection of Sinomenine (SINO), a potent natural anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory molecule, against cerebral ischemia in a mouse model of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in vivo and in an oxygen glucose deprivation (OGD)-treated astrocytes/microglia model in vitro...
October 18, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Qian Lu, Jihong Wang, Junshu Jiang, Shengnan Wang, Qilan Jia, Yue Wang, Weiping Li, Qin Zhou, Li Lv, Qingwei Li
BACKGROUND: The RGD-toxin protein Lj-RGD3 is a naturally occurring 118 amino acid peptide that can be obtained from the salivary gland of the Lampetra japonica fish. This unique peptide contains 3 RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) motifs in its primary structure. Lj-RGD3 is available in recombinant form (rLj-RGD3) and can be produced in large quantities using DNA recombination techniques. The pharmacology of the three RGD motif-containing peptides has not been studied. This study investigated the protective effects of rLj-RGD3, a novel polypeptide, against ischemia/reperfusion-induced damage to the brain caused by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in a rat stroke model...
2016: PloS One
Xiang He, Ling Jiang, Qi-Qin Dan, Qiang Lv, Yue Hu, Jia Liu, Ting-Hua Wang, Shu-Fen Wang
Collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2), an important protein involved in axonal growth and the maintenance of neuronal membrane integrity, has proved to be altered in nervous system diseases. This study was aimed to investigate the role of CRMP2 in bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) treating rats with cerebral ischemia. BMSCs were isolated from shaft of the femurs, tibiae, and humeri and was intra-carotid administrated immediately after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Modified Neurological Severity Scores (mNSS) was conducted at 3, 7, 14 dpo and the electrophysiologic evaluation was evaluated at 14 dpo...
October 17, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Yu Hasegawa, Shokei Kim-Mitsuyama
OBJECTIVE: Although hypertensive patients show significant elevation of blood pressure (BP) in acute phase after cerebral infarction, it is still unknown how it should be managed to carry the best prognosis. To address this issue, we investigated the effect of acute control of elevated BP by bilateral renal denervation (RD) against ischemic stroke in SHRSP rats with 90 minutes transient middle cerebral arterial occlusion (MCAO). DESIGN AND METHOD: Seventy-five male SHRSP rats of 15 weeks of age were assigned to sham-operated (control, n = 15) and MCAO + sham (sham, n = 30), and MCAO + RD (RD, n = 30)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Colin Sumners, Jacob Isenberg, Allison Harmel, Eduardo Candelario-Jalil, Ulrike Steckelings, Douglas Bennion
OBJECTIVE: The renin angiotensin system is a promising target for stroke neuroprotection and therapy through activation of angiotensin type II receptors (AT2R). The selective non-peptide AT2R agonist, Compound 21 (C21), has been shown to exhibit neuroprotection and improve stroke outcomes in preclinical studies, effects that likely involve neurotropic actions. However, these beneficial actions of C21 have not been demonstrated to occur beyond 1 week post stroke. The objective of this study was to determine if systemic administration of C21 would exert sustained neuroprotective effects in aged rats...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ching-Chung Liang, Tsong-Hai Lee, Shuenn-Dhy Chang
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the effect of human umbilical cord blood-derived CD34(+) cells on bladder dysfunction induced by cerebral ischemia in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Female rats were subjected to either 60 minute middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) or a sham operation. Rats were divided into four groups: sham operation, MCAO without treatment, infusion with 1×10(6) CD34(+) cells 30 minutes before MCAO, and infusion with 1×10(6) CD34(+) cells 3 hours after MCAO...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Yun Zhao, Qiongyi Pang, Meixia Liu, Jingzi Pan, Bingwu Xiang, Tingting Huang, Fengxia Tu, Chan Liu, Xiang Chen
Using a model of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), we have previously demonstrated that treadmill exercise promotes angiogenesis in the ischemic penumbra through caveolin-1/VEGF signaling pathways. However, the function of caveolin-1/VEGF signaling in neurogenesis after MCAO has not been determined. In this study, we aimed to investigate the potential of treadmill exercise to promote neurogenesis after MCAO and whether caveolin-1/VEGF signaling pathways are involved. After MCAO, rats were subjected to a program of treadmill exercise...
October 17, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Hao Zhou, Wu-Shuang Yang, Ying Li, Tong Ren, Lu Peng, Han Guo, Jin-Feng Liu, Yu Zhou, Yun Zhao, Li-Chao Yang, Xin Jin
This study was carried out to investigate the exact mechanisms behind the neuroprotective effects of oleoylethanolamide (OEA) after acute cerebral ischemic injury. Transient focal cerebral ischemia was induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) for 90 min followed by reperfusion. OEA (40 mg/kg, ip) was administered with a single injection upon reperfusion. The number of apoptotic cells was detected by TUNEL staining. The expression of Bax, Bcl-2, and TLR4, as well as the activities of NF-κB, Akt, and ERK1/2 were analyzed by western blot...
October 13, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
G Wang, P-P Wang, P-P Meng, C Han, S-W Yue
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral ischemia-reperfusion is the major pathophysiological process in stroke and can cause severe and lasting sequel. However, an intensive exercise training can potentially effect a quick and efficient recovery. We used swimming training on rats with cerebral ischemia-reperfusion (CIR) and explore the underlying neuroprotective mechanism(s), including the effects of intensive training on the expression of semaphorin 3A (Sema3A) and its receptor Neuropilin-1 (NRP-1). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The middle cerebral artery occlusion/reperfusion (MCAO/R) model was established by inserting a thread into the middle cerebral artery of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats, and randomly dividing into the control group and training groups for different training intensities...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Ruihe Lin, Jingli Cai, Eric W Kostuk, Robert Rosenwasser, Lorraine Iacovitti
BACKGROUND: Dimethyl fumarate (DMF), working via its metabolite monomethylfumarate (MMF), acts as a potent antioxidant and immunomodulator in animal models of neurologic disease and in patients with multiple sclerosis. These properties and their translational potential led us to investigate whether DMF/MMF could also protect at-risk and/or dying neurons in models of ischemic stroke in vitro and in vivo. Although the antioxidant effects have been partially addressed, the benefits of DMF immunomodulation after ischemic stroke still need to be explored...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Linqiang Huang, Wei Cao, Yiyu Deng, Gaofeng Zhu, Yongli Han, Hongke Zeng
BACKGROUND: Cerebral oedema is closely related to the permeability of blood-brain barrier, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptor vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) all of which are important blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability regulatory factors. Zonula occludens 1 (ZO-1) and claudin-5 are also the key components of BBB. Hypertonic saline is widely used to alleviate cerebral oedema. This study aimed to explore the possible mechanisms underlying hypertonic saline that ameliorates cerebral oedema effectively...
October 13, 2016: BMC Neuroscience
Tao Yan, Poornima Venkat, Michael Chopp, Alex Zacharek, Ruizhuo Ning, Cynthia Roberts, Yi Zhang, Mei Lu, Jieli Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Comorbidity of diabetes mellitus and stroke results in worse functional outcome, poor long-term recovery, and extensive vascular damage. We investigated the neurorestorative effects and mechanisms of stroke treatment with human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) rats. METHODS: Adult male Wistar rats were induced with T2DM, subjected to 2 hours of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo) and treated via tail-vein injection with (1) PBS (n=8) and (2) hMSCs (n=10; 5×10(6)) at 3 days after MCAo...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Jing Qiu, Zhongjun Yan, Kai Tao, Yansong Li, Yuqian Li, Jingchen Li, Yushu Dong, Dayun Feng, Huisheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Astrocyte-mediated neuroinflammation plays a critical role in ischemic stroke-induced secondary cerebral injury. Previous studies have suggested that the dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2) acts as a key target in regulating the neuroinflammatory response. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are still unknown, and effective DRD2 agonists are lacking. In the present study, we examined the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects of sinomenine (Sino), a monomeric compound with potential immunoregulatory properties in nervous system...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Radhika Patnala, Thiruma V Arumugam, Neelima Gupta, S Thameem Dheen
Cerebral ischemia leads to neuroinflammation and activation of microglia which further contribute to stroke pathology. Understanding regulation of microglial activation will aid in the development of therapeutic strategies that mitigate microglia-mediated neurotoxicity in neuropathologies, including ischemia. In this study, we investigated the epigenetic regulation of microglial activation by studying histone modification histone 3-lysine 9-acetylation (H3K9ac) and its regulation by histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors...
October 8, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Jian Zhan, Wenyi Qin, Ying Zhang, Jing Jiang, Hongmei Ma, Qiongli Li, Yong Luo
BACKGROUND: Zinc finger protein A20 (tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced protein 3) functions as a potent negative feedback inhibitor of the nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB) signaling. It exerts these effects by interrupting the activation of IkB kinase beta (IKKβ), the most critical kinase in upstream of NF-kB, and thereby controlling inflammatory homeostasis. We reported previously that electroacupuncture (EA) could effectively suppress IKKβ activation. However, the mechanism underlying these effects was unclear...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Xiaoyan Jiang, Hongjian Pu, Xiaoming Hu, Zhishuo Wei, Dandan Hong, Wenting Zhang, Yanqin Gao, Jun Chen, Yejie Shi
White matter injury induced by ischemic stroke elicits sensorimotor impairments, which can be further deteriorated by persistent proinflammatory responses. We previously reported that delayed and repeated treatments with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) improve spatial cognitive functions and hippocampal integrity after ischemic stroke. In the present study, we report a post-stroke n-3 PUFA therapeutic regimen that not only confers protection against neuronal loss in the gray matter but also promotes white matter integrity...
December 2016: Translational Stroke Research
Kang-Ho Choi, Hyung-Seok Kim, Man-Seok Park, Eun-Bin Lee, Jung-Kil Lee, Joon-Tae Kim, Ja-Hae Kim, Min-Cheol Lee, Hong-Joon Lee, Ki-Hyun Cho
Cerebral edema from the disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) after cerebral ischemia is a major cause of morbidity and mortality as well as a common event in patients with stroke. Caveolins (Cavs) are thought to regulate BBB functions. Here, we report for the first time that Cav-1 overexpression (OE) decreased brain edema from BBB disruption following ischemic insult. Edema volumes and Cav-1 expression levels were measured following photothrombosis and middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Endothelial cells that were transduced with a Cav-1 lentiviral expression vector were transplanted into rats...
September 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Petra Bonova, Miroslava Nemethova, Milina Matiasova, Martin Bona, Miroslav Gottlieb
Ischemic tolerance (IT) has gained attention as an attractive strategy for improving stroke outcome. Recently, it was shown that signal responsible for rapid IT induction (tolerance induction factor- TIF) is transmitted via circulating blood. In the present paper, we have hypothesized about the role of the blood cell compartment in TIF production. We used hind limb ischemia to generate TIF as a rapid preconditioning against transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). The essential properties of protein synthesis inhibitors actinomycin D and cycloheximide were utilized to obtain the following results: 1...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Iris Yuwen Zhou, Yingkun Guo, Takahiro Igarashi, Yu Wang, Emiri Mandeville, Suk-Tak Chan, Lingyi Wen, Mark Vangel, Eng H Lo, Xunming Ji, Phillip Zhe Sun
Diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) has been shown to augment diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for the definition of irreversible ischemic injury. However, the complexity of cerebral structure/composition makes the kurtosis map heterogeneous, limiting the specificity of kurtosis hyperintensity to acute ischemia. We propose an Inherent COrrelation-based Normalization (ICON) analysis to suppress the intrinsic kurtosis heterogeneity for improved characterization of heterogeneous ischemic tissue injury. Fast DKI and relaxation measurements were performed on normal (n = 10) and stroke rats following middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) (n = 20)...
October 3, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
Akihiro Watanabe, Tsutomu Sasaki, Toshiro Yukami, Hideaki Kanki, Manabu Sakaguchi, Takemori Hiroshi, Kazuo Kitagawa, Hideki Mochizuki
There are no effective neuroprotectant drugs for acute cerebral ischemia. Serine racemase (SR) synthesizes d-serine, which is involved in N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-induced neurotoxicity. Recently, SR deletion was reported to protect against focal cerebral ischemia. However, regulatory mechanisms controlling SR-activity in the neurovascular unit (NVU) during cerebral ischemia remain to be clarified. We investigated the effects of SR inhibition on neurovascular protection after ischemia. The SR inhibitor phenazine methosulfate (PMS) alleviated neuronal damage in an ex vivo ischemic model (oxygen glucose deprivation [OGD]) using primary neuronal cultures, and in an in vivo mouse model of ischemia (middle cerebral artery occlusion [MCAO])...
September 28, 2016: Neuroscience
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