CART peptide induces neuroregeneration in stroke rats

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Intramural Research Program, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Journal of cerebral blood flow and metabolism: official journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism (Impact Factor: 5.41). 12/2012; 33(2). DOI: 10.1038/jcbfm.2012.172
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Utilizing a classic stroke model in rodents, middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo), we describe a novel neuroregenerative approach using the repeated intranasal administration of cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) peptide starting from day 3 poststroke for enhancing the functional recovery of injured brain. Adult rats were separated into two groups with similar infarction sizes, measured by magnetic resonance imaging on day 2 after MCAo, and were treated with CART or vehicle. The CART treatment increased CART level in the brain, improved behavioral recovery, and reduced neurological scores. In the subventricular zone (SVZ), CART enhanced immunolabeling of bromodeoxyuridine, a neural progenitor cell marker Musashi-1, and the proliferating cell nuclear antigen, as well as upregulated brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) mRNA. AAV-GFP was locally applied to the SVZ to examine migration of SVZ cells. The CART enhanced migration of GFP(+) cells from SVZ toward the ischemic cortex. In SVZ culture, CART increased the size of neurospheres. The CART-mediated cell migration from SVZ explants was reduced by anti-BDNF blocking antibody. Using (1)H-MRS (proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy), increases in N-acetylaspartate levels were found in the lesioned cortex after CART treatment in stroke brain. Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript increased the expression of GAP43 and fluoro-ruby fluorescence in the lesioned cortex. In conclusion, our data suggest that intranasal CART treatment facilitates neuroregeneration in stroke brain.Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism advance online publication, 5 December 2012; doi:10.1038/jcbfm.2012.172.

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    • "For example, systemic administration of BDNF enhanced recruitment of NPCs into the ipsilateral striatum after stroke [14]. Administration of drugs, such as CART or atorvastatin, increased the expression of BDNF and enhanced migration of SVZ cells [12,25]. However, in these studies, systemically applied BDNF or its agonists can interact with multiple anatomical sites. "
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