Tropisetron ameliorates ischemic brain injury in an embolic model of stroke.

Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 13145-784, Tehran, Iran.
Brain research (Impact Factor: 2.83). 03/2011; 1392:101-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.brainres.2011.03.053
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ABSTRACT Tropisetron is widely used to counteract chemotherapy-induced emesis. Evidence obtained from human and animal studies shows that tropisetron possesses anti-inflammatory properties. In this study, we assessed the effect of tropisetron on brain damage in a rat thromboembolic model of stroke. Stroke was rendered in rats by introduction of an autologous clot into the middle cerebral artery (MCA). Tropisetron (1 or 3mg/kg); m-chlorophenylbiguanide (mCPBG), a selective 5-HT(3) receptor agonist (15 mg/kg); tropisetron (3mg/kg) plus mCPBG (15 mg/kg); granisetron (3mg/kg); tacrolimus (1mg/kg); or tacrolimus (1mg/kg) plus tropisetron (3mg/kg) were administered intraperitoneally 1h prior to embolization. Behavioral scores and infarct volume as well as myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) level were determined in the ipsilateral cortex 4h and 48 h following stroke induction. Forty-eight hours after embolization, tropisetron (1 or 3mg/kg), tropisetron (3mg/kg) plus mCPBG (15 mg/kg), tacrolimus (1mg/kg), or tacrolimus (1mg/kg) plus tropisetron (3mg/kg) significantly curtailed brain infarction, improved behavioral scores, diminished elevated tissue MPO activity, and reduced TNF-α levels compared to control group (n=6; P<0.05). mCPBG or granisetron had no effect on the mentioned parameters. Tropisetron attenuates brain damage after a thromboembolic event. Beneficial effects of tropisetron in this setting are receptor independent.

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