Changes in glutamate transporter expression in mouse forebrain areas following focal ischemia

P. Ketheeswaranathan, N.A. Turner, E.J. Spary, T.F. Batten, B.W. McColl, S. Saha

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Dysfunction of glutamate transporters has been proposed to promote neuronal death in modelled cerebral ischemia. However, these studies have produced conflicting results and the changes in glutamate transporter expression have not yet been examined in a mouse focal ischemic stroke model. This study used quantitative real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction to examine glutamate transporter mRNA expression in the hippocampus, cortex and striatum in a mouse model of focal ischemic stroke induced by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Effects on mRNA expression of glial (GLT-1, GLAST) and neuronal (EAAC1) glutamate transporters in these brain areas were assessed by comparing MCAO brains with sham-operated control brains. Changes in transporter proteins were also assessed by immunohistochemistry using specific antibodies to GLT-1 and GLAST. Following focal ischemia, GLT-1 mRNA expression was decreased significantly in the ipsilateral hippocampus and cortex compared to the sham-operated brains (p
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Pages (from-to)93-103
JournalBrain Research
Early online date14 Sept 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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