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Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2016 Nov;94(11):1187-1192. doi: 10.1139/cjpp-2016-0100. Epub 2016 Jun 22.

Exogenous hydrogen sulfide attenuates cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury by inhibiting autophagy in mice.

Shui M1,1, Liu X1,1, Zhu Y1,1, Wang Y1,1.

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Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing 100191, China.


Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), the third gas transmitter, has been proven to be neuroprotective in cerebral ischemic injury, but whether its effect is mediated by regulating autophagy is not yet clear. The present study was undertaken to explore the underlying mechanisms of exogenous H2S on autophagy regulation in cerebral ischemia. The effects and its connection with autophagy of NaHS, a H2S donor, were observed through neurological deficits and cerebral infarct volume in middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) mice; autophagy-related proteins and autophagy complex levels in the ischemic hemisphere were detected with Western blot assay. Compared with the model group, NaHS significantly decreased infarct volume and improved neurological deficits; rapamycin, an autophagy activator, abolished the effect of NaHS; NaHS decreased the expression of LC3-II and up-regulated p62 expression in the ischemic cortex 24 h after ischemia. However, NaHS did not significantly influence Beclin-1 expression. H2S has a neuroprotective effect on ischemic injury in MCAO mice; this effect is associated with its influence in down-regulating autophagosome accumulation.


LC3-II; MCAO; autophagy; exogenous hydrogen sulfide; mice; souris; sulfure d’hydrogène exogène


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