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Int J Med Sci. 2019 Oct 15;16(11):1492-1503. doi: 10.7150/ijms.35158. eCollection 2019.

Caveolin-1 and MLRs: A potential target for neuronal growth and neuroplasticity after ischemic stroke.

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Department of Neurology, The Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410011, China.


Ischemic stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Thrombolytic therapy, the only established treatment to reduce the neurological deficits caused by ischemic stroke, is limited by time window and potential complications. Therefore, it is necessary to develop new therapeutic strategies to improve neuronal growth and neurological function following ischemic stroke. Membrane lipid rafts (MLRs) are crucial structures for neuron survival and growth signaling pathways. Caveolin-1 (Cav-1), the main scaffold protein present in MLRs, targets many neural growth proteins and promotes growth of neurons and dendrites. Targeting Cav-1 may be a promising therapeutic strategy to enhance neuroplasticity after cerebral ischemia. This review addresses the role of Cav-1 and MLRs in neuronal growth after ischemic stroke, with an emphasis on the mechanisms by which Cav-1/MLRs modulate neuroplasticity via related receptors, signaling pathways, and gene expression. We further discuss how Cav-1/MLRs may be exploited as a potential therapeutic target to restore neuroplasticity after ischemic stroke. Finally, several representative pharmacological agents known to enhance neuroplasticity are discussed in this review.


Caveolin-1; ischemic stroke; membrane lipid raft; neuronal growth; neuroplasticity; non-coding RNA.

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Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.

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