In vivo optical imaging for evaluating the efficacy of edaravone after transient cerebral ischemia in mice

Ning Liu, Jingwei Shang, Fengfeng Tian, Hiroyoshi Nishi, Koji Abe

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Detection and protection of apoptosis, autophagy and neurovascular unit (NVU) are essentially important in understanding and treatment for ischemic stroke patients. In this study, we have conducted an in vivo optical imaging for detecting apoptosis and activation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), then evaluated the protective effect of 2 package types of free radical scavenger edaravone (A and B) on apoptosis, autophagy and NVU in mice after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO). As compared to vehicle treatment, edaravones A and B showed a significant improvement of clinical scores and infarct size at 48 h after 90 min of tMCAO with great reductions of in vivo fluorescent signal for MMPs and early apoptotic annexin V activations. Ex vivo imaging of MMPSense 680 or annexin V-Cy5.5 showed a fluorescent signal, while which was remarkably different between vehicle and edaravone groups, and colocalized with antibody for MMP-9 or annexin V. Edaravone A and B ameliorated the apoptotic neuronal cell death in immunohistochemistry, and activations of MMP-9 and aquaporin 4 with reducing autophagic activations of microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3) in Western blot. In this study, edaravone in both packages showed a similar strong neuroprotection after cerebral ischemia, which was confirmed with in vivo and ex vivo optical imagings for MMPs and annexin V as well as reducing cerebral infarct, inhibiting apoptotic/autophagic mechanisms, and protecting a part of neurovascular unit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-75
Number of pages10
JournalBrain Research
Publication statusPublished - Jun 23 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Apoptosis
  • Autophagy
  • Cerebral ischemia
  • Edaravone
  • In vivo imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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