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Thromb Haemost. 2006 Jan;95(1):166-73.

Treatment of embolic stroke in rats with bortezomib and recombinant human tissue plasminogen activator.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Henry Ford Health Sciences Center, Detroit, MI 48202, USA.

Abstract

Stroke elicits a progressive vascular dysfunction, which contributes to the evolution of brain injury. Thrombolysis with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) promotes adverse vascular events that limit the therapeutic window of stroke to three hours. Proteasome inhibitors reduce vascular thrombotic and inflammatory events, and consequently protect vascular function. The present study evaluated the neuroprotective effect of bortezomib, a potent and selective inhibitor of the proteasome, alone and in combination with delayed thrombolytic therapy on a rat model of embolic focal cerebral ischemia. Treatment with bortezomib reduces adverse cerebrovascular events including secondary thrombosis, inflammatory responses, and blood brain barrier (BBB) disruption, and hence reduces infarct volume and neurological functional deficit when administrated within 4 h after stroke onset. Combination of bortezomib and tPA extends the thrombolytic window for stroke to 6 h, which is associated with the improvement of vascular patency and integrity. Real time RT-PCR of endothelial cells isolated by laser-capture microdissection from brain tissue and Western blot analysis showed that bortezomib upregulates endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) expression and blocks NF-kappaB activation. These results demonstrate that bortezomib promotes eNOS dependent vascular protection, and reduces NF-kappaB dependent vascular disruption, all of which may contribute to neuroprotection after stroke.

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