Neurovascular protection by telmisartan via reducing neuroinflammation in stroke-resistant spontaneously hypertensive rat brain after ischemic stroke

Syoichiro Kono, Tomoko Kurata, Kota Sato, Yoshio Omote, Nozomi Hishikawa, Toru Yamashita, Kentaro Deguchi, Koji Abe

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Telmisartan is a highly lipid-soluble angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), which improves insulin sensitivity and reduces triglyceride levels and, thus, is called metabo-sartan. We examined the effects of telmisartan on neurovascular unit (N-acetylglucosamine oligomer [NAGO], collagen IV, and glial fibrillary acidic protein [GFAP]) and neuroinflammation (matrix metalloproteinase-9 [MMP-9] and inflammasome) in brain of stroke-resistant spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR-SR). At 12 weeks of age, SHR-SR received transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) for 90 minutes and were divided into the following 3 groups, that is, vehicle group, low-dose telmisartan group (.3 mg/kg/d), and high-dose telmisartan group (3 mg/kg/d, postoral). Immunohistologic analysis at ages 6, 12, and 18 months showed progressive decreases of NAGO-positive endothelium and collagen IV-positive basement membrane and progressive increases of MMP-9-positive neurons, GFAP-positive astrocytes, and NLRP3-positive inflammasome in the cerebral cortex of vehicle group. Low-dose telmisartan reduced such changes without lowering blood pressure (BP), and high-dose telmisartan further improved such changes with lowering BP. The present findings suggest that a persistent hypertension caused a long-lasting inflammation after tMCAO in SHR-SR, which accelerated neurovascular disruption and emergent inflammasome, and that telmisartan greatly reduced such inflammation and protected the neurovascular unit via its pleiotropic effects in living hypertensive rat brain after ischemic stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-547
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015



  • Alzheimer disease
  • inflammasome
  • neurovascular unit
  • Spontaneously hypertensive rat
  • telmisartan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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