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Neuroreport. 1996 Jan 31;7(2):632-6.

The movement of IGF-I into the brain parenchyma after hypoxic-ischaemic injury.

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Research Centre for Developmental Medicine & Biology, University of Auckland, New Zealand.


The movement of peptides from CSF into the parenchyma is thought to be slow and diffusion limited. However IGF-I can reduce neuronal loss at distal sites when given centrally 2 h after hypoxic-ischaemic (HI) injury. The present study determined the distribution of [3H]IGF-I given into the lateral ventricle after unilateral HI injury in adult rats. Radioactivity in the injured cortex peaked immediately after administration then rapidly declined. Autoradiography demonstrated radioactivity in the perivascular spaces and in the corpus callosum and external capsule of the injured hemisphere. HPLC and radioimmunoassay confirmed a rise in intracerebral IGF-I levels (from 159 +/- 9 to 401 +/- 88 ng g-1). These data suggest that injury can enhance the movement of IGF-I into the cerebrum via the white matter tracts and perivascular spaces.

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