CU06-1004 (endothelial dysfunction blocker) ameliorates astrocyte end-feet swelling by stabilizing endothelial cell junctions in cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury

Dong Young Kim, Haiying Zhang, Songyi Park, Yeaji Kim, Cho Rong Bae, Young Myeong Kim, Young Guen Kwon

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Abstract: Cerebral ischemia, or stroke, is widespread leading cause of death and disability. Surgical and pharmacological interventions that recover blood flow are the most effective treatment strategies for stroke patients. However, restoring the blood supply is accompanied by severe reperfusion injury, with edema and astrocyte end-feet disruption. Here, we report that the oral administration of CU06-1004 (previously Sac-1004), immediately after onset of ischemia/reperfusion (I/R), ameliorated cerebral damage. CU06-1004 stabilized blood‑brain barrier by inhibiting the disruption of the tight junction-related protein zona occludens-1 and the cortical actin ring in endothelial cells (ECs) after I/R. Interestingly, CU06-1004 significantly suppressed astrocyte end-feet swelling following I/R, by reducing aquaporin 4 and connexin 43 levels, which mediates swelling. Furthermore, the degradation of β1-integrin and β-dystroglycan, which anchors to the cortical actin ring in ECs, was inhibited by CU06-1004 administration after I/R. Consistently, CU06-1004 administration following I/R also suppressed the loss of laminin and collagen type IV, which bind to the cortical actin ring anchoring proteins. Unlike the protective effects of CU06-1004 in ECs, astrocyte viability and proliferation were not directly affected. Taken together, our observations suggest that CU06-1004 inhibits I/R-induced cerebral edema and astrocyte end-feet swelling by maintaining EC junction stability. Key messages: • CU06-1004 ameliorates I/R-induced cerebral injury. • EC junction integrity was stabilized by CU06-1004 treatment after I/R. • CU06-1004 reduces astrocyte end-feet swelling following I/R. • EC junction stability affects astrocyte end-feet structure maintenance after I/R.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)875-886
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Molecular Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun 1

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP; NRF-2019R1A2C3007142), and the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program of the NRF funded by the MSIP (NRF-2015M3A9B6066835). This work was also supported by the Brain Korea 21 (BK21) PLUS program. S. Park, Y. Kim, and C. R. Bae are fellowship awardees by BK21 PLUS program.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery
  • Genetics(clinical)


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