(1/1520) Balloon angioplasty for embolic total occlusion of the middle cerebral artery and ipsilateral carotid stenting in an acute stroke stage.

A 66-year-old man suffering from neurologic symptoms caused by acute embolic total occlusion of the left middle cerebral artery was treated successfully with balloon angioplasty, and an ipsilateral carotid stenosis subsequently was dilated with stenting. The patient's clinical outcome 30 days later was favorable. This therapeutic option may prove to be a useful means of treating a patient with acute stroke, embolic total occlusion of the middle cerebral artery, and an ipsilateral carotid stenosis.  (+info)

(2/1520) Comparison of transcranial color-coded duplex sonography and cranial CT measurements for determining third ventricle midline shift in space-occupying stroke.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Transcranial color-coded duplex sonography (TCCS) allows the noninvasive, easily reproducible measurement of midline dislocation (MLD) of the third ventricle in space-occupying stroke, even in critically ill patients. However, the method has been validated only in a small number of subjects. The aim of this study was to test the method under clinical conditions. METHODS: In 61 prospectively recruited patients (mean age, 62+/-15 years) with supratentorial ischemic infarction or intracranial hemorrhage, the sonographic measurement of MLD was compared with cranial CT data in a 12-hour time window. Subgroup analysis was also undertaken for comparing TCCS and cranial CT measurements within a 3-hour time window. RESULTS: One hundred twenty-two data pairs of TCCS and cranial CT MLD measurements were correlated within the 12-hour time window. TCCS and cranial CT measurements of MLD correlated both in the total patient group and in the different subgroups with coefficients of over 0.9. The 2-SD confidence interval of the difference between the TCCS measurements and the respective means of both methods in the total patient collective was +/-1.78 mm. CONCLUSION: TCCS provides a noninvasive, easily reproducible and reliable method for monitoring MLD of the third ventricle in stroke patients. It is particularly suitable for critically ill patients who are not fit for transportation.  (+info)

(3/1520) Larger anastomoses in angiotensinogen-knockout mice attenuate early metabolic disturbances after middle cerebral artery occlusion.

Abnormalities in the homeostasis of the renin-angiotensin system have been implicated in the pathogenesis of vascular disorders, including stroke. The authors investigated whether angiotensinogen (AGN) knockout mice exhibit differences in brain susceptibility to focal ischemia, and whether such differences can be related to special features of the collateral circulation. Wild-type and AGN-knockout mice were submitted to permanent suture occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCA). The collateral vascular system was visualized by systemic latex infusion, and the ischemic lesions were identified by cresyl-violet staining. The core and penumbra of the evolving infarct were differentiated by bioluminescence and autoradiographic imaging of ATP and protein biosynthesis, respectively. In wild-type mice, mean arterial blood pressure was 95.0 +/- 8.6 mm Hg, and the diameter of fully relaxed anastomotic vessels between the peripheral branches of the anterior and middle cerebral arteries 26.6 +/- 4.0 microm. In AGN knockouts, mean arterial blood pressure was significantly lower, 71.5 +/- 8.5 mm Hg (P < .01), and the anastomotic vessels were significantly larger, 29.4 +/- 4.6 microm (P < .01). One hour after MCA occlusion, AGN-knockout mice exhibited a smaller ischemic core (defined as the region of ATP depletion) but a larger penumbra (the area of disturbed protein synthesis with preserved ATP). At 24 hours after MCA occlusion, this difference disappeared, and histologically visible lesions were of similar size in both strains. The observations show that in AGN-knockout mice the more efficient collateral blood supply delays ischemic injury despite the lower blood pressure. Pharmacologic suppression of angiotensin formation may prolong the therapeutic window for treatment of infarcts.  (+info)

(4/1520) Expression of tumor necrosis factor-alpha and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 after focal cerebral ischemia in interleukin-1beta converting enzyme deficient mice.

Interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) is expressed after cerebral ischemia and blocking its action reduces subsequent ischemic brain injury. However, the mechanisms by which IL-1beta affects ischemic brain are not understood. To investigate the role of IL- 1beta in regulation of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) during focal cerebral ischemia, the authors studied mutant mice deficient in the IL-1 converting enzyme (ICE) gene (ICE knockout [KO] mice). Ninety-four adult male ICE KO and wild-type mice underwent 3, 6, 12, and 24 hours of permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion using the suture method. Expression of TNF-alpha and ICAM-1 protein in ischemic brain was examined using immunohistochemistry and Western blot analysis. Neither ICE KO nor wild-type mice had significant differences in CBF and body temperature measurements during the ischemic procedure. TNF-alpha expression increased in the ipsilateral hemisphere after 3 hours of occlusion, peaked at 12 hours and decreased at 24 hours of ischemia in both ICE KO and wild-type mice. ICAM-1 immunohistochemistry showed that the number of ICAM-1-positive vessels in the ischemic hemisphere was reduced in ICE KO mice (P < .05). Western blot analysis showed that ICAM-1 protein expression was significantly attenuated in the ipsilateral hemisphere in the ICE KO mice, which paralleled the immunohistochemistry results. The authors' results indicate that TNF-alpha expression is increased in both ICE KO and wild-type mice suggesting that TNF-alpha expression is not related to or upregulated by IL-1beta . ICAM-1 expression is significantly reduced in the ICE KO mice suggesting that IL-1beta plays an important role in the upregulation of adhesion molecules during focal cerebral ischemia.  (+info)

(5/1520) Mild hypothermia improves recovery of cortical extracellular potassium ion activity and excitability after middle cerebral artery occlusion in the rat.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Mild brain hypothermia significantly alleviates damage after focal ischemia, although the mechanism of this protection remains poorly defined. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that mild hypothermia would protect cortex from early deterioration of ion homeostasis and loss of excitability associated with reperfusion after focal ischemia. METHODS: Cortical extracellular potassium ion activity ([K+]o) and the response of [K+]o to direct cortical stimulation was measured both in the ischemic core and in the ischemic penumbra of normothermic and mildly hypothermic (31.5 degrees C to 32 degrees C) rats after distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) and reperfusion. RESULTS: The response of [K+]o during MCAO was similar in normothermic and hypothermic animals. However, within 1 hour of reperfusion, [K+]o in the ischemic core region of normothermic animals showed incomplete recovery and was refractory to direct cortical stimulation. [K+]o in hypothermic animals returned to preischemic levels on reperfusion and continued to respond to direct cortical stimulation. Mild hypothermia prevented extensive infarction 24 hours after transient MCAO. CONCLUSIONS: The data suggest that transient focal ischemia is accompanied by early disturbances of potassium ion homeostasis during reperfusion, which are accompanied by loss of excitability and which may contribute ultimately to cortical infarction.  (+info)

(6/1520) Striatal outflow of adenosine, excitatory amino acids, gamma-aminobutyric acid, and taurine in awake freely moving rats after middle cerebral artery occlusion: correlations with neurological deficit and histopathological damage.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: While a number of studies have investigated transmitter outflow in anesthetized animals after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) performed by craniectomy, studies have never been performed after MCAO induced by intraluminal filament. In addition, it has been reported that after MCAO, infarct volume correlates with functional outcome and with transmitter outflow, although there are no studies that demonstrate a direct correlation between transmitter outflow and functional outcome. The purpose of the present study was to assess excitatory amino acids, gamma-aminobutyric acid, taurine, and adenosine outflow in awake rats after intraluminal MCAO and to determine whether, in the same animal, outflow was correlated with neurological outcome and histological damage. METHODS: Vertical microdialysis probes were placed in the striatum of male Wistar rats. After 24 hours, permanent MCAO was induced by the intraluminal suture technique. The transmitter concentrations in the dialysate were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography. Twenty-four hours after MCAO, neurological deficit and histological outcome were evaluated. RESULTS: All transmitters significantly increased after MCAO. Twenty-four hours after MCAO, the rats showed a severe sensorimotor deficit and massive ischemic damage in the striatum and in the cortex (9+/-2% and 25+/-6% of hemispheric volume, respectively). Significant correlations were found between the efflux of all transmitters, neurological score, and striatal infarct volume. CONCLUSIONS: In this study, for the first time, amino acid and adenosine extracellular concentrations during MCAO by the intraluminal suture technique were determined in awake and freely moving rats, and a significant correlation was found between transmitter outflow and neurological deficit. The evaluation of neurological deficit, histological damage, and transmitter outflow in the same animal may represent a useful approach for studying neuroprotective properties of new drugs/agents against focal ischemia.  (+info)

(7/1520) Early decrease of XRCC1, a DNA base excision repair protein, may contribute to DNA fragmentation after transient focal cerebral ischemia in mice.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: DNA damage and the DNA repair mechanism are known to be involved in ischemia/reperfusion injury in the brain. The x-ray repair cross-complementing group 1 (XRCC1) protein plays a central role in the DNA base excision repair pathway by interacting with DNA ligase III and DNA polymerase beta. The present study examined the protein expression of XRCC1 and DNA fragmentation before and after transient focal cerebral ischemia (FCI). METHODS: Adult male CD-1 mice were subjected to 60 minutes of FCI by intraluminal blockade of the middle cerebral artery. XRCC1 protein expression was analyzed by immunohistochemistry and Western blot analysis. DNA damage was evaluated by gel electrophoresis and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated uridine 5'-triphosphate-biotin nick end-labeling (TUNEL). The spatial relationship between XRCC1 expression and DNA damage was examined by double staining with XRCC1 and TUNEL after FCI. RESULTS: Immunohistochemistry showed the nuclear expression of XRCC1 in all regions of the control brains and that it was predominant in the hippocampus. The XRCC1 level was markedly reduced in the caudate putamen at 10 minutes, further decreased in the entire middle cerebral artery territory at 1 hour, and remained reduced until 4 and 24 hours after FCI. Western blot analysis of the normal control brain showed a characteristic band of 70 kDa, which decreased after FCI. A significant amount of DNA fragmentation was detected by DNA gel electrophoresis 24 hours but not 4 hours after FCI. Double staining showed that the neurons that lost XRCC1 immunoreactivity became TUNEL positive. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that the early decrease of XRCC1 and the failure of the DNA repair mechanism may contribute, at least in part, to DNA fragmentation after FCI.  (+info)

(8/1520) Spontaneous hyperthermia and its mechanism in the intraluminal suture middle cerebral artery occlusion model of rats.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The intraluminal suture middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model is increasingly used in experimental stroke studies. The purposes of this study were to determine whether (1) spontaneous hyperthermia occurs after different periods of MCAO in this model, (2) hypothalamic injury contributes to hyperthermia, and (3) hyperthermia increases infarct volume after permanent MCAO. METHODS: Rats were subjected to 60, 90, and 120 minutes of transient MCAO (n=8 per group), permanent MCAO (n=8 per group, 5 groups), and permanent hypothalamic occlusion, in which an occluder was inserted 15 to 15.5 mm to block only the hypothalamic branch from the internal carotid artery (n=4) with the use of the intraluminal suture MCAO method. In one group undergoing permanent MCAO, the body temperature was maintained at 37 degrees C throughout the experiment. In another group (n=4) undergoing 90 minutes of temporary MCAO, diffusion- and perfusion-weighted imaging were performed to document the in vivo ischemic changes in the hypothalamus. Body temperature was measured hourly for 12 hours. At 24 hours (12 hours in 2 permanent MCAO groups), triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining was used to verify ischemic hypothalamic injury and to calculate corrected infarct volumes. RESULTS: Spontaneous hyperthermia (>39 degrees C) occurred in the 120-minute group, all permanent MCAO groups, and the hypothalamic occlusion group but not in the 60-minute or the 90-minute groups. Hypothalamic infarction was found in 1 rat each in the 60-minute and 90-minute groups, 6 of the 8 rats in the 120-minute group, 37 of the 40 rats in the permanent occlusion groups, and all 4 rats in the hypothalamic occlusion group. After 90 minutes of transient MCAO, the decreased cerebral blood flow and apparent diffusion coefficient values in the hypothalamic region during occlusion recovered fully 2 hours after reperfusion. The corrected infarct volumes were identical in all permanent occlusion groups. CONCLUSIONS: The intraluminal suture MCAO lasting for >/=2 hours induces spontaneous hyperthermia that is associated with hypothalamic injury, and delayed spontaneous hyperthermia does not increase infarct volume after permanent intraluminal suture MCAO.  (+info)