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Amiloride Alleviates Neurological Deficits Following Transient Global Ischemia and Engagement of Central IL-6 and TNF-α Signal

[ Vol. 19 , Issue. 8 ]


Li Pang, Shouqin Ji and Jihong Xing*   Pages 597 - 604 ( 8 )


<P>Background: Central pro-inflammatory cytokine (PIC) signal is involved in neurological deficits after transient global ischemia induced by cardiac arrest (CA). The present study was to examine if blocking acid sensing ion channels (ASICs) using amiloride in the Central Nervous System can alleviate neurological deficits after the induction of CA and further examine the participation of PIC signal in the hippocampus for the effects of amiloride. </P><P> Methods: CA was induced by asphyxia and then cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed in rats. Western blot analysis and ELISA were used to determine the protein expression of ASIC subunit ASIC1 in the hippocampus, and the levels of PICs. As noted, it is unlikely that this procedure is clinically used although amiloride and other pharmacological agents were given into the brain in this study. </P><P> Results: CA increased ASIC1 in the hippocampus of rats in comparison with control animals. This was associated with the increase in IL-1&#946;, IL-6 and TNF-&#945; together with Caspase-3 and Caspase-9. The administration of amiloride into the lateral ventricle attenuated the upregulation of Caspase-3/Caspase-9 and this further alleviated neurological severity score and brain edema. Inhibition of central IL-6 and TNF-&#945; also decreased ASIC1 in the hippocampus of CA rats. </P><P> Conclusion: Transient global ischemia induced by CA amplifies ASIC1a in the hippocampus likely via PIC signal. Amiloride administered into the Central Nervous System plays a neuroprotective role in the process of global ischemia. Thus, targeting ASICs (i.e., ASIC1a) is suggested for the treatment and improvement of CA-evoked global cerebral ischemia.</P>


ASIC, amiloride, cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hippocampus, global ischemia.


Department of Emergency Medicine, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin 130021, Jiutai District People&#39;s Hospital of Changchun, Changchun, Jilin 130500, Department of Emergency Medicine, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin 130021

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