Alterations in tau immunostaining in the rat hippocampus following transient cerebral ischemia.

TitleAlterations in tau immunostaining in the rat hippocampus following transient cerebral ischemia.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
JournalJournal of cerebral blood flow and metabolism : official journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism

Previous studies in gerbils have shown that cytoskeletal disruption and a loss of the dendritic microtubule-associated protein, MAP2, may occur after short periods of transient global ischemia. tau, a predominantly axonal microtubule-associated protein, has not been examined following ischemia. We compared neuronal damage with alterations in MAP2, tau, and 72-kD heat shock protein (HSP72) immunostaining at various reperfusion times following 20 min of ischemia in the rat four-vessel occlusion model. tau accumulated in neuronal cell bodies throughout the hippocampal formation 30 min to 2 h after the ischemic insult. Perikaryal tau immunostaining was transient in most regions, but persisted in polymorphic hilar neurons. This was accompanied by a loss of immunostaining in the target of many hilar neurons, the inner molecular layer of the dentate gyrus. The same neuronal populations that exhibited increased tau immunostaining of perikarya later displayed an induction of HSP72 immunoreactivity. In contrast, loss of MAP2 immunostaining was not consistently observed before neuronal death and did not correspond to HSP72 induction. The altered tau immunostaining is not the direct result of excitotoxic insult, as intrahippocampal injection of kainic acid did not cause the somal accumulation of tau, but did cause disruption of MAP2 immunostaining. Taken together, the results suggest that the somal accumulation of tau is an early, sensitive, and selective marker of ischemic insult.

Short TitleJ Cereb Blood Flow Metab
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