Bone Marrow Stromal Cell Transplantation Drives Molecular Switch from Autophagy to the Ubiquitin-Proteasome System in Ischemic Stroke Mice

Koh Tadokoro, Yusuke Fukui, Toru Yamashita, Xia Liu, Keiichiro Tsunoda, Jingwei Shang, Ryuta Morihara, Yumiko Nakano, Feng Tian, Ryo Sasaki, Namiko Matsumoto, Emi Nomura, Xiaowen Shi, Yoshio Omote, Mami Takemoto, Nozomi Hishikawa, Yasuyuki Ohta, Koji Abe

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Background: Bone marrow stromal cell (BMSC) transplantation is a promising therapeutic approach for cerebral ischemia, as it elicits multiple neuroprotective effects. However, it remains unclear how BMSC transplantation modulates the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) and autophagy under cerebral ischemia. Methods: In the present study, an intermediate level of cerebral ischemia (30 minutes) was chosen to examine the effect of BMSC transplantation on the molecular switch regulating UPS and autophagy. BMSC or vehicle was stereotactically injected into the penumbra 15 minutes after sham operation or transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO). Results: Thirty minutes of tMCAO artery occlusion significantly increased TUNEL-, ubiquitin-, and p62-positive cells (which peaked at 72 hours, 2 hours, and 2 hours after reperfusion, respectively) and ratios of both BAG3/BAG1 and LC3-II/LC3-I at 24 hours after reperfusion. However, intracerebral injection of BMSCs significantly reduced infarct volume and numbers of TUNEL- and p62-positive cells, and improved BAG3/BAG1 and LC3-II/LC3-I ratios. In addition, observed increases in ubiquitin-positive cells 2 hours after reperfusion were slightly suppressed by BMSC transplantation. Conclusions: These data suggest a protective role of BMSC transplantation, which drove the molecular switch from autophagy to UPS in a murine model of ischemic stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104743
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020



  • Autophagy
  • bone marrow stromal cells
  • transient middle cerebral artery occlusion
  • ubiquitin-proteasome system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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