Journal article

Chronic stress exacerbates neuronal loss associated with secondary neurodegeneration and suppresses microglial-like cells following focal motor cortex ischemia in the mouse

Kimberley A Jones, Ihssane Zouikr, Madeleine Patience, Andrew N Clarkson, Jorgen Isgaard, Sarah J Johnson, Neil Spratt, Michael Nilsson, Frederick R Walker

Brain, Behavior, and Immunity | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2015

Abstract

Post-stroke patients describe suffering from persistent and unremitting levels of distress. Using an experimental model of focal cortical ischemia in adult male C57BL/6 mice, we examined whether exposure to chronic stress could modify the development of secondary thalamic neurodegeneration (STND), which is commonly reported to be associated with impaired functional recovery. We were particularly focused on the modulatory role of microglia-like cells, as several clinical studies have linked microglial activation to the development of STND. One month following the induction of cortical ischemia we identified that numbers of microglial-like cells, as well as putative markers of microglial struc..

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