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Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 1994 Mar;22(1-4):76-88.

Transient global ischemia induces dynamic changes in the expression of bFGF and the FGF receptor.

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Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY 10021.


To study the roles of bFGF and its receptor in the process of neuronal cell death and the wound repair response, we induced 10 min of transient global cerebral ischemia in rats and measured changes in expression of both bFGF and the FGF receptor, flg. CA1 pyramidal cells are selectively vulnerable to ischemia and die one to 3 days after 10 min of ischemia. In these cells, bFGF mRNA was induced by 6 hours, reached a maximal level by 24 h after ischemia, and subsequently decreased. Message for the FGF receptor, flg, was present in the pyramidal cells layer, and vanished almost completely in parallel with neuronal death. In the granule cell layer of dentate gyrus, the expression of bFGF mRNA increased more rapidly. It was maximal by 6 h and returned to the basal level by 3 days. In the hilus of the dentate gyrus, bFGF expression was maximal at 24 h and returned to control levels by 3 days. Despite the rapid changes in expression of bFGF mRNA, there was no significant change of bFGF immunoreactivity in either the CA1 pyramidal cell layer or in the granule cell layer of dentate gyrus within 3 days after ischemia. The apparent failure of the message to be efficiently translated supports the idea that translation is impaired under conditions where ischemia leads to delayed neuronal cell death. Expression of bFGF mRNA, FGFR mRNA and bFGF immunoreactivity increased dramatically in a broad area of CA1 subfield from 7 days until 30 days after ischemia because of increased expression by reactive glial cells. We suggest that these rapid and complex changes in the expression of bFGF mRNA and bFGF protein may be part of a coordinated response to ischemic injury that is designed to minimize the severity of neuron death.

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