Pro-Inflammatory Mediators and Apoptosis Correlate to rt-PA Response in a Novel Mouse Model of Thromboembolic StrokeReport as inadecuate

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A recent study suggests that patients with persistent occlusion of the middle cerebral artery MCA following treatment with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator rt-PA have better outcomes than patients with MCA occlusion not receiving rt-PA. We performed a study to elucidate possible mechanisms of this finding in a new model of thromboembolic stroke closely mimicking human pathophysiology.


Thromboembolic stroke was induced by local injection of thrombin directly into the right MCA of C57 black-6J mice. Rt-PA was administered 20 and 40 min after clot formation. The efficiency of rt-PA to induce thrombolysis was measured by laser Doppler. After 24 h, all animals were euthanized and interleukin IL-6, tumor necrosis factor-alpha TNF-α, matrix metalloproteinase MMP-9, Caspase-3, hsp 32 and hsp 70 protein levels were investigated by immunofluorescence. Presence of hemorrhage was verified and infarct volume was measured using histology.


Thrombin injection resulted in clot formation giving rise to cortical brain infarction. Early rt-PA treatment starting at 20 min after the clot formation resulted in 100% recanalization. However, rt-PA-induced thrombolysis dissolved the clot in only 38% of the animals when administered 40 min after clot formation. Protein levels of IL-6, TNF-α, MMP-9, Caspase-3, hsp 32 and hsp 70 were increased after MCAO, whereas treatment with rt-PA attenuated the expressions of inflammatory markers in those animals where the thrombolysis was successful. In addition, the infarct size was significantly reduced with rt-PA treatment compared to non-treated MCAO, regardless of whether MCA thrombolysis was successful.


The present study demonstrates a clear correlation of the protein expression of inflammatory mediators, apoptosis and stress genes with the recanalization data after rt-PA treatment. In this model rt-PA treatment decreases the infarct size regardless of whether vessel recanalization is successful.

Author: Saema Ansar, Eva Chatzikonstantinou, Rushani Thiagarajah, Laurent Tritschler, Marc Fatar, Michael G. Hennerici, Stephen Meairs



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