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Current Neurovascular Research

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ISSN (Print): 1567-2026
ISSN (Online): 1875-5739

PDGF Receptor β Signaling in Pericytes Following Ischemic Brain Injury

Author(s): Koichi Arimura, Tetsuro Ago, Masahiro Kamouchi, Kuniyuki Nakamura, Koji Ishitsuka, Junya Kuroda, Hiroshi Sugimori, Hiroaki Ooboshi, Tomio Sasaki and Takanari Kitazono

Volume 9, Issue 1, 2012

Page: [1 - 9] Pages: 9

DOI: 10.2174/156720212799297100

Abstract

Platelet derived growth factor (PDGF)-B plays a neuroprotective role in brain damages, including ischemic stroke. It has been suggested recently that PDGF receptor β (PDGFRβ) expressed in brain pericytes as well as in neurons and astrocytes may mediate the neuroprotective role of PDGF-B. The aims of this study were to elucidate the roles of PDGFRβ signaling in brain pericytes after ischemic stroke. In a rat middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model, PDGFRβ expression was induced specifically in the pericytes in peri-infarct areas and its level was gradually increased. PDGF-B induced marked phosphorylation of Akt in cultured brain pericytes. Consistently, PDGF-B was upregulated in endothelial cells in per-infarct areas and Akt was strongly phosphorylated in the PDGFRβ-expressing pericytes in periinfarct areas after MCAO. In the cultured pericytes, PDGF-B induced cell growth and anti-apoptotic responses through Akt. Furthermore, PDGF-B significantly increased the expression of nerve growth factor (NGF) and neurotrophin-3 (NT- 3) through Akt in the pericytes. Thus, the PDGFRβ-Akt signaling in brain pericytes may play various important roles leading to neuroprotection after ischemic stroke.

Keywords: angiogenesis, blood brain barrier, endothelial cells, microvascular, PI3K, Cell Signaling Technology, qPCR RT kit, LightCycler, SYBR, neurotrophic factor, Apoptosis, cell growth, ischemic stroke, neuroprotection, neurotrophins, pericyte, PDGF-B, PDGF receptor β

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