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(-)-Phenserine inhibits neuronal apoptosis following ischemia/reperfusion injury.

Authors: Chang, Cheng-Fu  Lai, Jing-Huei  Wu, John Chung-Che  Greig, Nigel H  Becker, Robert E  Luo, Yu  Chen, Yen-Hua  Kang, Shuo-Jhen  Chiang, Yung-Hsiao  Chen, Kai-Yun 
Citation: Chang CF, etal., Brain Res. 2017 Dec 15;1677:118-128. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2017.09.015. Epub 2017 Sep 27.
RGD ID: 13782054
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:28963051
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1016/j.brainres.2017.09.015

Stroke commonly leads to adult disability and death worldwide. Its major symptoms are spastic hemiplegia and discordant motion, consequent to neuronal cell death induced by brain vessel occlusion. Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is upregulated and allied with inflammation and apoptosis after stroke. Recent studies suggest that AChE inhibition ameliorates ischemia-reperfusion injury and has neuroprotective properties. (-)-Phenserine, a reversible AChE inhibitor, has a broad range of actions independent of its AChE properties, including neuroprotective ones. However, its protective effects and detailed mechanism of action in the rat middle cerebral artery occlusion model (MCAO) remain to be elucidated. This study investigated the therapeutic effects of (-)-phenserine for stroke in the rat focal cerebral ischemia model and oxygen-glucose deprivation/reperfusion (OGD/RP) damage model in SH-SY5Y neuronal cultures. (-)-Phenserine mitigated OGD/PR-induced SH-SY5Y cell death, providing an inverted U-shaped dose-response relationship between concentration and survival. In MCAO challenged rats, (-)-phenserine reduced infarction volume, cell death and improved body asymmetry, a behavioral measure of stoke impact. In both cellular and animal studies, (-)-phenserine elevated brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) levels, and decreased activated-caspase 3, amyloid precursor protein (APP) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) expression, potentially mediated through the ERK-1/2 signaling pathway. These actions mitigated neuronal apoptosis in the stroke penumbra, and decreased matrix metallopeptidase-9 (MMP-9) expression. In synopsis, (-)-phenserine significantly reduced neuronal damage induced by ischemia/reperfusion injury in a rat model of MCAO and cellular model of OGD/RP, demonstrating that its anti-apoptotic/neuroprotective/neurotrophic cholinergic and non-cholinergic properties warrant further evaluation in conditions of brain injury.


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Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
App  (amyloid beta precursor protein)

Genes (Mus musculus)
App  (amyloid beta (A4) precursor protein)

Genes (Homo sapiens)
APP  (amyloid beta precursor protein)

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