Document Detail

Stimulating circle of Willis nerve fibers preserves the diffusion-perfusion mismatch in experimental stroke.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17761922     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stimulation of the nerves traversing the ethmoidal foramen (including postsynaptic, parasympathetic projections from the sphenopalatine ganglion [SPG], henceforth referred to as "SPG-stimulation") has been shown to elevate cerebral blood flow (CBF) and to be neuroprotective after permanent, middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO). METHODS: Employing diffusion (DWI)- and perfusion (PWI) weighted MRI, the effect of SPG-stimulation (started at 60 minutes post-MCAO) on the spatiotemporal evolution of ischemia during and after pMCAO was investigated. In an additional experiment, regional CBF changes were investigated in the nonischemic brain. RESULTS: In the nonischemic brain, SPG stimulation significantly elevated CBF predominantly within areas supplied by the anterior cerebral artery (by 0.64 mL/g/min relative to baseline). In the ischemic brain, CBF only marginally increased within the penumbra and core (by up to 0.08 and 0.15 mL/g/min relative to prestimulation, respectively). However, the threshold-derived CBF lesion volume did not change significantly. Penumbral apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC)-values improved to almost baseline values and the threshold derived ADC/CBF-mismatch was preserved up to 180 minutes after MCAO. TTC-derived lesion volumes were significantly smaller in stimulated versus nonstimulated animals (120.4+/-74.1 mm(3) versus 239.3+/-68.5 mm(3), respectively). CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that unilateral SPG-stimulation increases CBF bilaterally within the normal brain, acutely preserves the CBF/ADC mismatch largely independent of altering cerebral blood flow, and reduces infarct size in the rat permanent suture model.
Nils Henninger; Marc Fisher
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-08-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulation     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1524-4628     ISO Abbreviation:  Stroke     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-25     Completed Date:  2007-10-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0235266     Medline TA:  Stroke     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2779-86     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Ave, North, Worcester, MA 01655, USA.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure
Cerebrovascular Circulation / physiology*
Circle of Willis / innervation*
Disease Models, Animal
Ganglia, Parasympathetic / physiology
Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery / pathology*,  physiopathology*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Nerve Fibers / physiology*
Rats, Sprague-Dawley

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Continuous time-domain analysis of cerebrovascular autoregulation using near-infrared spectroscopy.
Next Document:  The Met allele of the BDNF Val66Met polymorphism predicts poor outcome among survivors of aneurysmal...