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Vinpocetine alleviate cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury by down-regulating TLR4/MyD88/NF-κB signaling

Li-Rong Wu, Liang Liu, Xiao-Yi Xiong, Qin Zhang, Fa-Xiang Wang, Chang-Xiong Gong, Qi Zhong, Yuan-Rui Yang, Zhao-You Meng and Qing-Wu Yang _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:80315-80324. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.20699

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Li-Rong Wu1, Liang Liu1, Xiao-Yi Xiong1, Qin Zhang1, Fa-Xiang Wang1, Chang-Xiong Gong1, Qi Zhong1, Yuan-Rui Yang1, Zhao-You Meng1 and Qing-Wu Yang1

1 Department of Neurology, Xinqiao Hospital, The Third Military Medical University, Shapingba, Chongqing, China

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Qing-Wu Yang, email:

Keywords: vinpocetine, cerebral ischemia/reperfusion, toll-like receptor 4, ischemic stroke, middle cerebral artery occlusion

Received: May 19, 2017 Accepted: July 29, 2017 Published: September 07, 2017


Inflammatory responses play crucial roles in cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is an important mediator of the neuroinflammatory response to cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury. Vinpocetine is a derivative of the alkaloid vincamine and exerts an anti-inflammatory effect by inhibiting NF-κB activation. However, the effects of vinpocetine on pathways upstream of NF-κB signaling, such as TLR4, have not been fully elucidated. Here, we used mouse middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) and cell-based oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) models to evaluate the therapeutic effects and mechanisms of vinpocetine treatment. The vinpocetine treatment significantly reduced mice cerebral infarct volumes and neurological scores. Moreover, the numbers of TUNEL+ and Fluoro-Jade B+ cells were significantly decreased in the ischemic brain tissues after vinpocetine treatment. In the OGD model, the vinpocetine treatment also increased the viability of cultured cortical neurons. Interestingly, vinpocetine exerted a neuroprotective effect on the mouse MCAO model and cell-based OGD model by inhibiting TLR4-mediated inflammatory responses and decreasing proinflammatory cytokine release through the MyD88-dependent signaling pathway, independent of TRIF signaling pathway. In conclusion, vinpocetine exerts anti-inflammatory effects to ameliorate cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury in vitro and in vivo. Vinpocetine may inhibit inflammatory responses through the TLR4/MyD88/NF-κB signaling pathway, independent of TRIF-mediated inflammatory responses. Thus, vinpocetine may be an attractive therapeutic candidate for the treatment of ischemic cerebral injury or other inflammatory diseases.

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