Estrogen may contribute to ischemic tolerance ...

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Title Estrogen may contribute to ischemic tolerance through modulation of cellular stress-related proteins
Author(s) Monique C. Saleh, Barry J. Connell, Tarek M. Saleh
Journal Neuroscience Research
Date 2009
Volume 63
Issue 4
Start page 273
End page 279
Abstract Ischemic tolerance describes a phenomenon whereby subcritical stimuli evoke cellular protective mechanisms resulting in increased tolerance to subsequent ischemia. In the present study we propose that the cytoprotective effects attributed to 17β-estradiol and tunicamycin in an in vivo rodent model of ischemia are reflected by changes in neuronal tissue levels of m-calpain, HSP70, GRP94 and GRP78. Rats pretreated with 17β-estradiol, tunicamycin or both demonstrated dose-dependent reductions in infarct area following 4 h of permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Western blot analysis revealed that 4 h of MCAO was associated with decreased cortical expression of HSP70 and m-calpain and increased expression of GRP78. Pretreatment with 12.5 μg/kg 17β-estradiol did not change this pattern of protein expression following MCAO. While GRP94 expression was elevated in sham-operated rats pretreated with 17β-estradiol, the ensuing ischemic tolerance did not appear to be mediated by changes in cellular stress proteins. Pretreatment with 50 μg/kg tunicamycin significantly reduced HSP70 in cortical tissue samples taken from sham-operated rats and appeared to attenuate the threshold for activation of m-calpain in rats undergoing 4 h of MCAO. Lastly, a combined treatment in which rats undergoing MCAO were pretreated with both tunicamycin (24 h prior) and 17β-estradiol (30 min prior) was associated with an attenuated stress response as indicated by reduced expression of GRP78 and GRP94 when compared to saline-treated controls. The results of this study suggest that the ischemic tolerance observed following MCAO in rats pretreated with either 17β-estradiol or tunicamycin is likely mediated in part through differential effects on cellular stress proteins.
DOI 10.1016/j.neures.2009.01.004

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