Bing-Qiao Zhao

Fudan University, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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Publications (3)23.56 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Stroke is a leading cause of long-lasting disability in humans. However, currently there are still no effective therapies available for promoting stroke recovery. Recent studies have shown that the adult brain has the capacity to regenerate neurons after stroke. Although this neurogenic response may be functionally important for brain repair after injury, the mechanisms underlying stroke-induced neurogenesis are not known. Caspase-3 is a major executioner and has been identified as a key mediator of neuronal death in the acute stage of stroke. Recently however, accumulating data indicate that caspase-3 also participate in various biological processes that do not cause cell death. Here, we show that cleaved caspase-3 was increased in newborn neuronal precursor cells (NPCs) in the subventricular zone (SVZ) and the dentate gyrus (DG) during the period of stroke recovery, with no evidence of apoptosis. We observed that cleaved caspase-3 was expressed by NPCs and limited its self-renewal without triggering apoptosis in cultured NPCs from the SVZ of ischemic mice. Moreover, we revealed that caspase-3 negatively regulated the proliferation of NPCs through reducing the phosphorylation of Akt. Importantly, we demonstrated that peptide inhibition of caspase-3 activity significantly promoted the proliferation and migration of SVZ NPCs, and resulted in a significant increase in subsequent neuronal regeneration and functional recovery after stroke. Together, our data identify a previously unknown caspase-3-dependent mechanism that constrains stroke-induced endogenous neurogenesis and should revitalize interest in targeting caspase-3 for treatment of stroke. Stem Cells 2013.
    Stem Cells 08/2013; · 7.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is approved for treatment of acute ischemic stroke, but it increases the risk of cerebral hemorrhage. Accumulating evidence suggests that von Willebrand factor (VWF) plays a pivotal role in thrombus formation and microcirculatory disturbances after ischemic stroke. By cleaving VWF, ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13) protects mice from stroke. Therefore, we hypothesized that recombinant ADAMTS13 (rADAMTS13) could increase the safety of tPA thrombolysis in stroke. METHODS: We examined blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability after intraventricular injection of tPA, VWF, and rADAMTS13 in nonischemic mice. We investigated the role of rADAMTS13 on reducing tPA-induced BBB dysfunction and cerebral hemorrhage in a mouse stroke model. RESULTS: Intraventricular injection of tPA or VWF under nonischemic conditions resulted in a significant increase in BBB permeability. In contrast, rADAMTS13 blocked both tPA- and VWF-induced BBB opening. BBB disruption following stroke was exacerbated by intravenous administration of tPA, but this was attenuated by injection of rADAMTS13. Correspondingly, tPA-associated hemorrhage after stroke was significantly reduced by rADAMTS13. The antihemorrhagic effect of rADAMTS13 was reversed by injection of recombinant VWF. We also showed that rADAMTS13 inhibited tPA-mediated upregulation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in vascular endothelium after stroke. The upregulation of VEGF was suppressed by either an Akt inhibitor wortmannin or a Rho kinase inhibitor fasudil. Furthermore, rADAMTS13 downregulated tPA-induced phosphorylation of Akt and activation of RhoA. INTERPRETATION: These findings demonstrate that the VWF-cleaving protease rADAMTS13 reduced tPA-induced hemorrhage by regulating BBB integrity, and suggest that this effect may occur through the Akt/RhoA-mediated VEGF pathways. ANN NEUROL 2012.
    Annals of Neurology 09/2012; · 11.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It has been known that the inhibition of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase is one of the earliest events occurring under hypoxia and this inhibition can lead to neuronal damages. Thus, the cytochrome c oxidase inhibitor sodium cyanide (NaCN) is widely used to produce a model of chemical hypoxia by inhibiting this enzyme. However, the downstream signaling pathways of the inhibition of the cytochrome c oxidase remain to be studied. In the present paper, we used sodium cyanide to mimic the inhibition of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase and studied its effect on glutamate release in synaptosomes from the prefrontal cortex using on-line fluorimetry. We also further investigated the mechanisms underlying the enhancing effect of sodium cyanide on glutamate release using pharmacological approaches combined with other techniques. The results showed that sodium cyanide significantly increased glutamate release from synaptosomes of prefrontal cortex; the broad-spectrum free radical scavenger MnTBAP and melatonin completely abolished the effect of sodium cyanide on glutamate release; the H2O2-NMDA receptor pathway mediated one part, whereas the lipid peroxyl radicals-ATP synthase pathway mediated another part of the sodium cyanide-induced glutamate release; scavenging H2O2 and enhancing ATP synthase activity could completely abolish the sodium cyanide-induced glutamate release.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 10/2011; 1823(2):493-504. · 4.66 Impact Factor