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Masashi Fujimoto, Masato Shiba, Fumihiro Kawakita, Lei Liu, Naoshi Shimojo, Kyoko Imanaka-Yoshida, Toshimichi Yoshida and Hidenori Suzuki

OBJECT

Tenascin-C (TNC), a matricellular protein, is induced in the brain following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The authors investigated if TNC causes brain edema and blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption following experimental SAH.

METHODS

C57BL/6 wild-type (WT) or TNC knockout (TNKO) mice were subjected to SAH by endovascular puncture. Ninety-seven mice were randomly allocated to WT sham-operated (n = 16), TNKO sham-operated (n = 16), WT SAH (n = 34), and TNKO SAH (n = 31) groups. Mice were examined by means of neuroscore and brain water content 24–48 hours post-SAH; and Evans blue dye extravasation and Western blotting of TNC, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9, and zona occludens (ZO)-1 at 24 hours post-SAH. As a separate study, 16 mice were randomized to WT sham-operated, TNKO sham-operated, WT SAH, and TNKO SAH groups (n = 4 in each group), and activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) was immunohistochemically evaluated at 24 hours post-SAH. Moreover, 40 TNKO mice randomly received an intracerebroventricular injection of TNC or phosphate-buffered saline, and effects of exogenous TNC on brain edema and BBB disruption following SAH were studied.

RESULTS

Deficiency of endogenous TNC prevented neurological impairments, brain edema formation, and BBB disruption following SAH; it was also associated with the inhibition of both MMP-9 induction and ZO-1 degradation. Endogenous TNC deficiency also inhibited post-SAH MAPK activation in brain capillary endothelial cells. Exogenous TNC treatment abolished the neuroprotective effects shown in TNKO mice with SAH.

CONCLUSIONS

Tenascin-C may be an important mediator in the development of brain edema and BBB disruption following SAH, mechanisms for which may involve MAPK-mediated MMP-9 induction and ZO-1 degradation. TNC could be a molecular target against which to develop new therapies for SAH-induced brain injuries.

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Masanori Tsuji, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Fujimaro Ishida, Kazuhiro Furukawa, Yoichi Miura, Masato Shiba, Takanori Sano, Hiroshi Tanemura, Yasuyuki Umeda, Shinichi Shimosaka and Hidenori Suzuki

OBJECT

Histopathological examination has revealed that ruptured cerebral aneurysms have different hemostatic patterns depending on the location of the clot formation. In this study, the authors investigated whether the hemostatic patterns had specific hemodynamic features using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis.

METHODS

Twenty-six ruptured middle cerebral artery aneurysms were evaluated by 3D CT angiography and harvested at the time of clipping. The hemostatic patterns at the rupture points were assessed by means of histopathological examination, and morphological parameters were obtained. Transient analysis was performed, and wall shear stress–related hemodynamic parameters and invariant Q (vortex core region) were calculated. The morphological and hemodynamic parameters were compared among the hemostatic patterns.

RESULTS

Hematoxylin and eosin staining of the aneurysm wall showed 13 inside-pattern, 9 outside-pattern, and 4 other-pattern aneurysms. Three of the 26 aneurysms were excluded from further analysis, because their geometry models could not be generated due to low vascular CT values. Mann-Whitney U-tests showed that lower dome volume (0.04 cm3 vs 0.12 cm3, p = 0.014), gradient oscillatory number (0.0234 vs 0.0289, p = 0.023), invariant Q (−0.801 10−2/sec2 vs −0.124 10−2/sec2, p = 0.045) and higher aneurysm formation indicator (0.986 vs 0.963, p = 0.041) were significantly related to inside-pattern aneurysms when compared with outside-pattern aneurysms.

CONCLUSIONS

Inside-pattern aneurysms may have simpler flow patterns and less flow stagnation than outside-pattern aneurysms. CFD may be useful to characterize the hemostatic pattern of ruptured cerebral aneurysms.