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Fructose-1,6-biphosphate prevents excitotoxic neuronal cell death in the neonatal mouse brain

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Marta Rogido, Isabelle Husson, Christine Bonnier, Marie Christine Lallemand, Claude Mérienne, George A Gregory, Augusto Sola, Pierre Gressens

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-297
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopmental Brain Research
Issue number2
Published16 Feb 2003

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The excitotoxic cascade may represent an important pathway leading to brain damage and cerebral palsy. Brain lesions induced in newborn mice by ibotenate (acting on N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors) and by S-bromowillardiine (acting on alpha-3-amino-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid and kainate receptors) mimic some aspects of white matter cysts and transcortical necrosis observed in human perinatal brain damage. Fructose 1,6-biphosphate (FBP) is a high-energy glycolytic pathway intermediate which, in therapeutic doses, is non-toxic and neuroprotective in hypoxic-ischemic models of brain injury. Mechanisms of action include modulation of intracellular calcium through phospholipase C (PLC) activation. The goal of this study was to determine the neuroprotective effects of FBP in a mouse model of neonatal excitotoxic brain injury. Mice that received intraperitoneal FBP had a significant reduction in size of ibotenate-induced (80% reduction) or S-bromowillardiine-induced (40% reduction) cortical plate lesions when compared with control animals. Studies of fragmented DNA and cleaved caspase 3 confirmed the survival promoting effects of FBP. FBP had no detectable effect on excitotoxic white matter lesions. The effects of FBP were antagonized by co-administration of PLC, protein kinase C or mitogen-associated protein kinase inhibitors but not by protein kinase A inhibitor. A moderate, transient cooling of pups immediately after the insult extended the therapeutic window for FBP, as FBP administered 24 h after ibotenate was still significantly neuroprotective in these pups. This data extends the neuroprotective profile of FBP in neonatal brain injury and identifies gray matter lesions involving N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors as a major target for this promising drug.

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