Long-term Effect of Telmisartan on Alzheimer’s Amyloid Genesis in SHR-SR After tMCAO

Tomoko Kurata, Violeta Lukic, Miki Kozuki, Daisuke Wada, Kazunori Miyazaki, Nobutoshi Morimoto, Yasuyuki Ohta, Kentaro Deguchi, Toru Yamashita, Nozomi Hishikawa, Kosuke Matsuzono, Yoshio Ikeda, Tatsushi Kamiya, Koji Abe

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Telmisartan is expected to reduce not only the level of blood pressure but also neuroinflammation and neurotoxicity via pleiotrophic effects as a metabo-sartan. We examined the effects of telmisartan on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology in spontaneously hypertensive rat stroke resistant (SHR-SR) after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) by giving either telmisartan at 0 (vehicle), 0.3 mg/kg/day (low dose, with no reduction of blood pressure), or 3 mg/kg/day (high dose, with a significant reduction of blood pressure) p.o. from 3 months (M) of age, and performed immunohistological analysis at 6, 12, and 18 M of age. The numbers of amyloid β (Aβ)-positive neurons in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus and senile plaque (SP) in the ipsilateral cerebral cortex progressively increased with age until 18 M in the SHR-SR after tMCAO. On the other hand, low-dose telmisartan significantly reduced the number of Aβ-positive neuron as well as SP at 6, 12, and 18 M. High-dose telmisartan showed further reductions of the above AD pathology. The present study suggests that telmisartan reduced both intracellular Aβ and extracellular SP accumulations after tMCAO in SHR-SR, with a further improvement by combined BP lowering. Such a strong effect of telmisartan could provide a preventative approach for AD in post-stroke patients with hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-115
Number of pages9
JournalTranslational Stroke Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyloid β, Metabolic syndrome
  • Spontaneously hypertensive rat
  • Telmisartan
  • Transient middle cerebral artery occlusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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