Inhibition of TNF-α protects in vitro brain barrier from ischaemic damage

Abdullah, Zuraidah, Rakkar, Kamini, Bath, Philip M.W. and Bayraktutan, Ulvi (2015) Inhibition of TNF-α protects in vitro brain barrier from ischaemic damage. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, 69 . pp. 65-79. ISSN 1044-7431

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Cerebral ischaemia, associated with neuroinflammation and oxidative stress, is known to perturb blood–brain barrier (BBB) integrity and promote brain oedema formation. Using an in vitro model of human BBB composed of brain microvascular endothelial cells and astrocytes, this study examined whether suppression of TNF-α, a potent pro-inflammatory cytokine, might attenuate ischaemia-mediated cerebral barrier damage. Radical decreases in transendothelial electrical resistance and concomitant increases in paracellular flux across co-cultures exposed to increasing periods of oxygen-glucose deprivation alone (0.5–20 h) or followed by 20 h of reperfusion (OGD ± R) confirmed the deleterious effects of ischaemic injury on cerebral barrier integrity and function which concurred with reductions in tight junction protein (claudin-5 and occludin) expressions. OGD ± R elevated TNF-α secretion, NADPH oxidase activity, O2radical dot− production, actin stress fibre formation, MMP-2/9 activities and apoptosis in both endothelial cells and astrocytes. Increases in MMP-2 activity were confined to its extracellular isoform and treatments with OGD + R in astrocytes where MMP-9 could not be detected at all. Co-exposure of individual cell lines or co-cultures to an anti-TNF-α antibody dramatically diminished the extent of OGD ± R-evoked oxidative stress, morphological changes, apoptosis, MMP-2/9 activities while improving the barrier function through upregulation of tight junction protein expressions. In conclusion, vitiation of the exaggerated release of TNF-α may be an important therapeutic strategy in preserving cerebral integrity and function during and following a cerebral ischaemic attack.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: TNF-α; Ischaemic injury; Cerebral barrier; In vitro model of BBB; NADPH oxidase; MMP
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Clinical Neuroscience
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 09:50
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:06

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