Hypoxia alters the expression of inhibitor of apoptosis proteins after brain trauma in the mouse

Angelo Mikrogianakis, Rachel E. Shaye, Phillip Griffin, Sarah Kawesa, Julia Lockwood, Nathalie H. Gendron, Isabelle Gaboury, Zul Merali, Alex E. MacKenzie, James S. Hutchison

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Hypoxia worsens brain injury following trauma, but the mechanisms remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and secondary hypoxia (9% oxygen) on apoptosis-related protein expression, cell death, and behavior. Using a murine weight-drop model, TBI led to an early (6 h) increase followed by a later (24 h) decrease in neuronal apoptosis inhibitor protein (NAIP) expression in the olfactory and motor cortex; in contrast, TBI led to a sustained (6 h to 7 days) increase in NAIP in the striatum. The peak increase in the expression of NAIP (6-12 h) following TBI alone was delayed (1-7 days) when hypoxia was added to TBI. Hypoxia following TBI further depleted other apoptosis inhibitor proteins (IAPs) and activated caspases, as well as increased contusion size and worsened cell death. Hypoxia added to TBI also increased motor and feeding activity on days 2 and 4 compared to TBI alone. Hypoxia without TBI had no effect on the expression of IAPs or cell death. These findings show that IAPs have a potential role in the increased vulnerability of brain cells to hypoxia following TBI, and have implications for configuring future therapies for TBI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-353
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Neurotrauma
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Apoptosis
  • Caspase
  • Hypoxia
  • Neuronal apoptosis inhibitor protein
  • TBI


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