Suppression of stroke-induced progenitor proliferation in adult subventricular zone by tumor necrosis factor receptor 1.

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Stroke induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion leads to transiently increased progenitor proliferation in the subventricular zone (SVZ) and long-lasting striatal neurogenesis in adult rodents. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) is upregulated in stroke-damaged brain. Whether TNF-alpha and its receptors influence SVZ progenitor proliferation after stroke is unclear. Here we show that the increased proliferation 1 week after stroke occurred concomitantly with elevated microglia numbers and TNF-alpha and TNF receptor-1 (TNF-R1) gene expression in the SVZ of wild-type mice. TNF receptor-1 was expressed on sorted SVZ progenitor cells from nestin-green fluorescent protein reporter mice. In animals lacking TNF-R1, stroke-induced SVZ cell proliferation and neuroblast formation were enhanced. In contrast, deletion of TNF-R1 did not alter basal or status epilepticus-stimulated cell proliferation in SVZ. Addition of TNF-alpha reduced the size and numbers of SVZ neurospheres through a TNF-R1-dependent mechanism without affecting cell survival. Our results provide the first evidence that TNF-R1 is a negative regulator of stroke-induced SVZ progenitor proliferation. Blockade of TNF-R1 signaling might be a novel strategy to promote the proliferative response in SVZ after stroke.Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism advance online publication, 21 May 2008; doi:10.1038/jcbfm.2008.47.


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  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1574-1587
JournalJournal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Neurology, Lund (013027000), Hematopoietic Stem Cell Laboratory (013022012), Faculty of Medicine (000022000)

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