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Neurol Res. 2016 Mar;38(3):224-31. doi: 10.1080/01616412.2015.1105626. Epub 2016 Mar 23.

Telmisartan ameliorates oxidative stress and subarachnoid haemorrhage-induced cerebral vasospasm.

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a Necmettin Erbakan University, Meram Faculty of Medicine , Turkey.
b Farabi Hospital , Turkey.



Growing evidence suggests that oxidative stress is one of the factors contributing to subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH)-induced cerebral vasospasm. SAH-induced cerebral vasospam alters thioredoxin (Trx) cycle enzymes and thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP) as an important endogenous antioxidant system. In this study, we have explored the effects of telmisartan on the vascular morphological changes, endothelial apoptosis, tissue oxidative stress status and the level of Trx cycle enzymes/ TXNIP in a rabbit SAH model.


Forty male New Zealand rabbits were randomly divided into five groups of eight rabbits each: control group, sham group, SAH group, SAH + vehicle group and SAH + telmisartan group. SAH was created by a single cisterna magna blood injection. SAH + telmisartan group received telmisartan treatment (5 mg/kg intraperitoneal, once daily) for 72 h. The brainstem tissue Trx1, Trx2, Trx reductase (TrxR), TrxR1and TXNIP levels were investigated. Total oxidant status (TOS), total antioxidant status (TAS), malondialdehyde (MDA) levels and tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha) levels were investigated. Basilar artery segments were investigated for cross-sectional area, wall thickness measurements and endothelial apoptosis.


Telmisartan treatment restored the lowered level of Trx1, TrxR, TAS and the expression of TrxR1 seen in SAH. Telmisartan treatment also decreased TXNIP expression, TOS, MDA and TNF alpha levels. Morphological changes of cerebral vasospasm were attenuated after treatment. Endothelial apoptosis significantly reduced.


Treatment with telmisartan ameliorates oxidative stress and SAH-induced cerebral vasospasm in rabbits. These effects of telmisartan may be associated with downregulation of TXNIP and upregulation of Trx/TrxR.


Oxidative Stress; Telmisartan; Thioredoxin; Vasospasm

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