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Pharmacol Rep. 2005 Sep-Oct;57(5):664-9.

Effect of aniracetam on phosphatidylinositol transfer protein alpha in cytosolic and plasma membrane fractions of astrocytes subjected to simulated ischemia in vitro.

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Department of Pharmacology, Silesian Medical University, Medykó 18, PL 40-752 Katowice, Poland.


Brain ischemia affects phosphoinositide metabolism and the level of lipid-derived second messengers. Phosphatidylinositol transfer proteins (PI-PTs) are responsible for the transport of phosphatidylinositol (PI) and other phospholipids through membranes. Isoform of PI-TPs (PI-TPalpha) is an essential component in ensuring substrate supply for phospholipase C (PLC). The current study was conducted to examine potential effect of aniracetam on PI-TPalpha expression and to characterize the PI-TPalpha isoform distribution between membrane and cytosol fractions of astrocytes exposed to simulated ischemia in vitro. After 8 h period of ischemia, the level of PI-TPalpha was significantly higher in cytosol (by about 28%) as well as in membrane fraction (by about 80%) in comparison with control. We have found that aniracetam treatment of astrocytes in normoxia significantly increased the level of PI-TPalpha in membrane fraction with a maximal effect at 0.1 microM concentration of aniracetam (by about 195% of control). In membrane fractions of ischemic cells, aniracetam increased PI-TPalpha expression in a concentration-dependent manner. In ischemic cells, aniracetam (10 microM) has elevated PI-TPalpha expression up to 155% and 428% in cytosolic and membrane fractions in comparison with ischemic untreated cells, respectively. The study has shown that aniracetam significantly activates PI-TPalpha in cell membrane fraction and this effect might be connected with previously described activation of MAP kinase cascade.

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