Nov 16, 2019

Inhibition of mTOR Alleviates Early Brain Injury After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Via Relieving Excessive Mitochondrial Fission

Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Yuchen LiHuaizhang Shi


The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) was reported to regulate cell autophagy and outcomes of several neurological diseases. Mitochondria, which serve as critical organelles in neurons. are also involved in the pathology of neurological diseases. However, the role of mTOR in mitochondrial morphology has not been clarified especially in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). In this study, we established SAH models both in vivo and in vitro. Rapamycin and 3-methyl adenine (3-MA) were then administered to alter mTOR activity. Post-SAH assessment included SAH grading, neurological evaluation, blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability, brain water content, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), mitochondrial morphology, ATP content, cell viability, cytotoxicity, and expression of proteins related to apoptosis and mitochondrial fission. The results showed that (1) neurological deficits, BBB permeability, and brain edema were increased after SAH and that cell viability was exacerbated in brain tissue. (2) Excessive mitochondrial fission was evident based on changes in mitochondrial morphology, while MMP and ATP content were decreased in neurons after SAH. (3) Administration of rapamycin improved the excessive mitochondrial fission and resto...Continue Reading

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Brain Injuries
In Vivo
Blood - Brain Barrier Anatomy
Tissue Viability
Mitochondrial Inheritance
FRAP1 protein, human
Mitochondrial Membranes

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