Delayed treatment with an adenosine kinase inhibitor, GP683, attenuates infarct size in rats with temporary middle cerebral artery occlusion

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Department of Neurology

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Adenosine Kinase; Animals; Arterial Occlusive Diseases; Body Temperature; Brain; Cerebral Infarction; Disease Models, Animal; Ischemic Attack, Transient; Male; Neuroprotective Agents; Pyrimidines; Rats; Rats, Sprague-Dawley; Time Factors


Nervous System Diseases | Neurology


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Brain ischemia is associated with a marked increase in extracellular adenosine levels. This results in activation of cell surface adenosine receptors and some degree of neuroprotection. Adenosine kinase is a key enzyme controlling adenosine metabolism. Inhibition of this enzyme enhances the levels of endogenous brain adenosine already elevated as a result of the ischemic episode. We studied a novel adenosine kinase inhibitor (AKI), GP683, in a rat focal ischemia model.

METHODS: Four groups of 10 adult Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to 90 minutes of temporary middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion. Animals were injected intraperitoneally with vehicle, 0.5 mg/kg, 1.0 mg/kg, or 2.0 mg/kg of GP683 30, 150, and 270 minutes after the induction of ischemia by a researcher blinded to treatment group. The animals were euthanatized 24 hours after MCA occlusion, and brains were stained with 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride. We measured brain temperatures in a separate group of 6 rats before and after administration of 1.0 mg/kg GP683.

RESULTS: All treated groups showed a reduction in infarct volumes, but a significant effect was observed only in the 1.0 mg/kg-dose group (44% reduction, P=0.0077). Body weight, physiological parameters, neurological scores, and mortality did not differ among the 4 groups. No apparent behavioral side effects were observed. Brain temperatures did not change after drug injection.

CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicate that the use of AKIs offers therapeutic potential and may represent a novel approach to the treatment of acute brain ischemia. The therapeutic effect observed was not caused by a decrease in brain temperature.


Stroke. 1998 Sep;29(9):1952-8.

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Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulation

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