• KSBNS 2024


Original Article

Exp Neurobiol 2015; 24(1): 31-40

Published online March 31, 2015

© The Korean Society for Brain and Neural Sciences

Amelioration of Cerebral Ischemic Injury by a Synthetic Seco-nucleoside LMT497

Sangwoo Ryu1#, Joonha Kwon1#, Hyeon Park1, In-Young Choi1, Sunyoung Hwang1, Veeraswamy Gajulapati2, Joo Young Lee2, Yongseok Choi2, Katia Varani3, Pier Andrea Borea3, Chung Ju1 and Won-Ki Kim1*

1Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul 136-705, 2Department of Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Korea University, Seoul 136-701, Korea, 3Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche and Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale-Sezione di Farmacologia, Universitià, di Ferrara, 44100 Ferrara, Italy

Correspondence to: #Sangwoo Ryu and Joonha Kwon contributed equally to this work.
*To whom correspondence should be addressed.
TEL: 82-2-920-6094, FAX: 82-2-953-6095

Received: November 14, 2014; Revised: January 19, 2015; Accepted: January 20, 2015


Recently, we reported that the A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR) agonist LJ529 (2-chloro-N6-(3-iodobnzyl)-5'-N-methylcarbamoyl-4'-thioadenosine) reduces cerebral ischemic injury via inhibition of recruitment of peripheral inflammatory cells into ischemic brain lesion. A3AR agonists, however, are known to possess anti-platelet activity, which may deter the combination therapy with tissue plasminogen activator for the therapy of cerebral ischemic stroke. Thus, the present study investigates the neuroprotective/anti-ischemic effect of a synthetic seco-nucleoside, LMT497 ((S)-2-((R)-1-(2-chloro-6-(3-iodobenzylamino)-9H-purin-9-yl)-2-hydroxyethoxy)-3-hydroxy-N-methylpropanamide) with little anti-platelet activity. LMT497 neither showed A3AR binding activity nor anti-platelet activity. In our present study LMT497 significantly attenuated the injury/death of cortical neurons exposed to oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) followed by re-oxygenation (R). LMT497 significantly reduced the ascending cellular level of reactive oxygen species under ischemic conditions by increasing the superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels. LMT497 also inhibited the migration of microglia which mediates inflammatory responses in ischemia. In rats subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO, 1.5 h) followed by reperfusion, LMT497 largely reduced brain infarction volume, and edema, and improved neurological score. Therapeutic efficacy of LMT497 was obtained by twice treatments even at 10 h and 18 h after the onset of ischemia. Collectively, LMT497 could be a therapeutic drug candidate with a wide therapeutic time window for the treatment of cerebral ischemic stroke.

Keywords: cerebral ischemia, MCAO, oxidative stress, inflammation, LMT497, Cl-IB-MECA