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Antioxid Redox Signal. 2015 Jan 10;22(2):149-60. doi: 10.1089/ars.2013.5669.

Neurovascular regulation in the ischemic brain.

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Brain and Mind Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College , New York, New York.

Abstract

SIGNIFICANCE:

The brain has high energetic requirements and is therefore highly dependent on adequate cerebral blood supply. To compensate for dangerous fluctuations in cerebral perfusion, the circulation of the brain has evolved intrinsic safeguarding measures.

RECENT ADVANCES AND CRITICAL ISSUES:

The vascular network of the brain incorporates a high degree of redundancy, allowing the redirection and redistribution of blood flow in the event of vascular occlusion. Furthermore, active responses such as cerebral autoregulation, which acts to maintain constant cerebral blood flow in response to changing blood pressure, and functional hyperemia, which couples blood supply with synaptic activity, allow the brain to maintain adequate cerebral perfusion in the face of varying supply or demand. In the presence of stroke risk factors, such as hypertension and diabetes, these protective processes are impaired and the susceptibility of the brain to ischemic injury is increased. One potential mechanism for the increased injury is that collateral flow arising from the normally perfused brain and supplying blood flow to the ischemic region is suppressed, resulting in more severe ischemia.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS:

Approaches to support collateral flow may ameliorate the outcome of focal cerebral ischemia by rescuing cerebral perfusion in potentially viable regions of the ischemic territory.

PMID:
24328757
PMCID:
PMC4281847
DOI:
10.1089/ars.2013.5669
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