Ischemic preconditioning and clinical scenarios.
ABSTRACT PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) is gaining attention as a novel neuroprotective therapy and could provide an improved mechanistic understanding of tolerance to cerebral ischemia. The purpose of this article is to review the recent work in the field of IPC and its applications to clinical scenarios. RECENT FINDINGS: The cellular signaling pathways that are activated following IPC are now better understood and have enabled investigators to identify several IPC mimetics. Most of these studies were performed in rodents, and efficacy of these mimetics remains to be evaluated in human patients. Additionally, remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) may have higher translational value than IPC. Repeated cycles of temporary ischemia in a remote organ can activate protective pathways in the target organ, including the heart and brain. Clinical trials are underway to test the efficacy of RIPC in protecting brain against subarachnoid hemorrhage. SUMMARY: IPC, RIPC, and IPC mimetics have the potential to be therapeutic in various clinical scenarios. Further understanding of IPC-induced neuroprotection pathways and utilization of clinically relevant animal models are necessary to increase the translational potential of IPC in the near future.
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ABSTRACT: Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a neurological disorder occurring when ascending too fast, too high. Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) is a noninvasive intervention protecting remote organs from subsequent hypoxic damage. We hypothesized that RIPC protects against AMS and that this effect is related to reduced oxidative stress. Fourteen subjects were exposed to 18 hours of normoxia (21% oxygen) and 18 h of normobaric hypoxia (12% oxygen, equivalent to 4500 m) on different days in a blinded, randomized order. RIPC consisted of four cycles of lower limb ischemia (5 min) and 5 min of reperfusion, and was performed immediately before the study room was entered. A control group was exposed to hypoxia (12% oxygen, n = 14) without RIPC. AMS was evaluated by the Lake Louise score (LLS) and the AMS-C score of the Environmental Symptom Questionnaire. Plasma concentrations of ascorbate radicals, oxidized sulfhydryl (SH) groups, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) signal intensity were measured as biomarkers of oxidative stress. RIPC reduced AMS scores (LLS: 1.9 ± 0.4 vs. 3.2 ± 0.5; AMS-C score: 0.4 ± 0.1 vs. 0.8 ± 0.2), ascorbate radicals (27 ± 7 vs. 65 ± 18 nmol/L), oxidized SH groups (3.9 ± 1.4 vs. 14.3 ± 4.6 μmol/L), and EPR signal intensity (0.6 ± 0.2 vs. 1.5 ± 0.4 × 10(6)) after 5 h in hypoxia (all P < 0.05). After 18 hours in hypoxia there was no difference in AMS and oxidative stress between RIPC and control. AMS and plasma markers of oxidative stress did not correlate. This study demonstrates that RIPC transiently reduces symptoms of AMS and that this effect is not associated with reduced plasma levels of reactive oxygen species. © 2015 The Authors. Physiological Reports published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of the American Physiological Society and The Physiological Society.03/2015; 3(3). DOI:10.14814/phy2.12325
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ABSTRACT: Neurological complications after cardiac surgery have a profound impact on postoperative survival and quality of life. The increasing importance of strategies designed to improve neurological outcomes mirrors the growing risk burden of the contemporary cardiac surgical population. Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) reduces adverse sequelae of ischemia in vulnerable organs by subjecting tissues with high ischemic tolerance to brief periods of hypoperfusion. This trial will evaluate the neuroprotective effect of RIPC in the cardiac surgical arena, by employing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neurocognitive testing.Trials 10/2014; 15(1):414. DOI:10.1186/1745-6215-15-414 · 2.12 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Pre-conditioning by ischemia, hyperthermia, hypothermia, hyperbaric oxygen (and numerous other modalities) is a rapidly growing area of investigation that is used in pathological conditions where tissue damage may be expected. The damage caused by surgery, heart attack, or stroke can be mitigated by pre-treating the local or distant tissue with low levels of a stress-inducing stimulus, that can induce a protective response against subsequent major damage. Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) has been used for nearly 50 years to enhance tissue healing and to relieve pain, inflammation and swelling. The photons are absorbed in cytochrome(c) oxidase (unit four in the mitochondrial respiratory chain), and this enzyme activation increases electron transport, respiration, oxygen consumption and ATP production. A complex signaling cascade is initiated leading to activation of transcription factors and up- and down-regulation of numerous genes. Recently it has become apparent that LLLT can also be effective if delivered to normal cells or tissue before the actual insult or trauma, in a pre-conditioning mode. Muscles are protected, nerves feel less pain, and LLLT can protect against a subsequent heart attack. These examples point the way to wider use of LLLT as a pre-conditioning modality to prevent pain and increase healing after surgical/medical procedures and possibly to increase athletic performance.Dose-Response 12/2014; 12(4):619-49. DOI:10.2203/dose-response.14-032.Agrawal · 1.23 Impact Factor