Resveratrol provides neuroprotection by inhibiting phosphodiesterases and regulating the cAMP/AMPK/SIRT1 pathway after stroke in rats

Dysfunction of energy metabolism can be a significant and fundamental pathophysiological basis for strokes. In studies of both humans and rodents, resveratrol, a natural polyphenol, has been reported to provide protection from cerebral ischemic injury by regulating expression of silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog 1 (SIRT1). However, direct evidence demonstrating that resveratrol exerts neuroprotection from cerebral ischemia injury by decreasing energy consumption is still lacking. Therefore, the aim of this study was to elucidate the mechanisms and signaling pathways through which resveratrol regulates energy metabolism in the ischemic brain, and to identify potential targets of resveratrol. ATP levels in brain tissues were detected by high performance liquid chromatography. SIRT1 and the phosphorylation of adenosine-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (P-AMPK) expressiones were evaluated by western blot. Levels of phosphodiesterase (PDEs) and cAMP were quantitated by real-time PCR and ELISA, respectively. Results showed that resveratrol significantly reduced the harmful effects of cerebral ischemic injury in vivo. Moreover, levels of ATP, p-AMPK, SIRT1, and cAMP were increased by resveratrol and PDE inhibitors. In conclusion, our findings indicate that resveratrol provides neuroprotection by inhibiting PDEs and regulating the cAMP/AMPK/SIRT1 pathway, which reduces ATP energy consumption during ischemia.

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