Penumbra region excitability is not enhanced acutely after cerebral ischemia in the in vitro isolated guinea pig brain

Gian Luca Breschi, Alfonso Mastropietro, Ileana Zucca, Laura Librizzi, Marco De Curtis

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Purpose: Early seizures are a frequent consequence of stroke. The main goal of the present study is to verify whether anoxic ischemia per se is able to induce early changes in excitability that may be a prelude to the generation of seizures and, ultimately, to epileptogenesis. Excitability changes in the very acute postischemic phase are here analyzed in a new model of ischemia developed in the isolated guinea pig brain preparation. Methods: Permanent bilateral occlusion of the anterior cerebral arteries (ACAs) was performed in the isolated guinea pig brain maintained in vitro by arterial perfusion. Magnetic resonance imaging and immunohistochemistry were utilized to identify the penumbra and core regions induced by ACA occlusion (ACAo). Slow potentials and evoked responses recorded in olfactory cortices were utilized to evaluate excitability changes in the acute phase after ischemia. Key Findings: ACAo induces a core area located in the shell of the nucleus accumbens and a region of penumbra in the underlying olfactory cortices, where characteristic slow potential shifts, but no reduction of diffusion tensor magnetic resonance (MR) signal and microtubule associated protein 2 (MAP-2) immunostaining (typical of ischemic core) was observed. Recording of responses evoked by low- and high-frequency stimulations of the lateral olfactory tract showed no excitability changes in the early hours that follow ischemia in the olfactory cortical areas supplied by ACAs. Significance: The absence of early hyperexcitability changes in an isolated whole brain model of ischemia, strongly suggests that brain anoxia per se does not contribute to the generation of early seizures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-458
Number of pages11
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Cerebral ischemia
  • Guinea pig
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Olfactory cortex
  • Seizures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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