Endogenous brain protection: models, gene expression, and mechanisms.
ABSTRACT Almost all injurious stimuli, when applied below the threshold of producing injury, activate endogenous protective mechanisms that significantly decrease the degree of injury after subsequent injurious stimuli. For example, a short duration of ischemia (i.e., ischemic preconditioning [PC]) can provide significant brain protection to subsequent long-duration ischemia (i.e., ischemic tolerance [IT]). PC/IT has recently been shown in human brain, suggesting that learning more about these endogenous neuroprotective mechanisms could help identify new approaches to treat patients with stroke and other central nervous system disorders/injury. This chapter provides a brief overview of PC/IT research, illustrates the types of data that can be generated from in vivo and in vitro models to help us understand gene and protein expression related to induced neuroprotective mechanisms, and emphasizes the importance of future research on this phenomenon to help discover new mechanisms and targets for the medical treatment of brain and other end-organ injuries.
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ABSTRACT: Transient cerebral ischemia leads to protein aggregation mainly in neurons destined to undergo delayed neuronal death after ischemia. This study utilized a rat transient cerebral ischemia model to investigate whether ischemic preconditioning is able to alleviate neuronal protein aggregation, thereby protecting neurons from ischemic neuronal damage. Ischemic preconditioning was introduced by a sublethal 3 min period of ischemia followed by 48 h of recovery. Brains from rats with either ischemic preconditioning or sham-surgery were then subjected to a subsequent 7 min period of ischemia followed by 30 min, 4, 24, 48 and 72 h of reperfusion. Protein aggregation and neuronal death were studied by electron and confocal microscopy, as well as by biochemical analyses. Seven minutes of cerebral ischemia alone induced severe protein aggregation after 4 h of reperfusion mainly in CA1 neurons destined to undergo delayed neuronal death (which took place after 72 h of reperfusion). Ischemic preconditioning reduced significantly protein aggregation and virtually eliminated neuronal death in CA1 neurons. Biochemical analyses revealed that ischemic preconditioning decreased accumulation of ubiquitin-conjugated proteins (ubi-proteins) and reduced free ubiquitin depletion after brain ischemia. Furthermore, ischemic preconditioning also reduced redistribution of heat shock cognate protein 70 and Hdj1 from cytosolic fraction to protein aggregate-containing fraction after brain ischemia. These results suggest that ischemic preconditioning decreases protein aggregation after brain ischemia.Neuroscience 02/2005; 134(1):69-80. DOI:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2005.03.036 · 3.33 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Ischemic preconditioning involves a brief exposure to ischemia in order to develop a tolerance to injurious effects of prolonged ischemia. The molecular mechanisms of neuroprotection that lead to ischemic tolerance are not yet completely understood. However, it seems that two distinct phases are involved. Firstly, a cellular defense function against ischemia may be developed by the mechanisms inherent to neurons such as posttranslational modification of proteins or expression of new proteins via a signal transduction system to the nucleus. Secondly, a stress response and synthesis of stress proteins (heat shock proteins) may be activated. These mechanisms are mediated by chaperones. The objective of ischemic preconditioning research is to identify the underlying endogenous protective cellular receptors and signaling cascades, with the long-term goal of allowing therapeutic augmentation of the endogenous protective mechanisms in cerebral ischemia and possibly development of new neuroprotective strategies for ischemic stroke treatment.Cerebrovascular Diseases 02/2006; 21 Suppl 2(2):38-47. DOI:10.1159/000091702 · 3.70 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Activation of microglia along with the release of inflammatory cytokines and oxidative factors often accompanies toxin-induced degeneration of substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) dopamine (DA) neurons. Multiple toxin exposure may synergistically influence microglial-dependent DA neuronal loss and, in fact, pre-treatment with one toxin may sensitize DA neurons to the impact of subsequent insults. Thus, we assessed whether priming SNc neurons with the inflammatory agent, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), influenced the impact of later exposure to the pesticide, paraquat, which has been reported to provoke DA loss. Indeed, LPS infusion into the SNc sensitized DA neurons to the neurodegenerative effects of a series of paraquat injections commencing 2 days later. In contrast, LPS pre-treatment actually protected against some of neurodegenerative effects of paraquat when the pesticide was administered 7 days after the endotoxin. These sensitization and de-sensitization effects were associated with altered expression of reactive microglia expressing inducible immunoproteasome subunits, as well as variations of fibroblast growth factor and a time-dependent infiltration of peripheral immune cells. Circulating levels of the inflammatory cytokines, interleukin (IL)-6, IL-2, tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interferon-gamma were also time-dependently elevated following intra-SNc LPS infusion. These data suggest that inflammatory priming may influence DA neuronal sensitivity to subsequent environmental toxins by modulating the state of glial and immune factors, and these findings may be important for neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson's disease (PD).Neurobiology of aging 02/2008; 30(9):1361-78. DOI:10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2007.11.020 · 4.85 Impact Factor