Acta Neuropathologica

, Volume 86, Issue 1, pp 1–9 | Cite as

Fluorescent histochemical localization of lipid peroxidation during brain reperfusion following cardiac arrest

  • Blaine C. White
  • Asif Daya
  • Donald J. DeGracia
  • Brian J. O'Neil
  • John M. Skjaerlund
  • Scott Trumble
  • Gary S. Krause
  • José A. Rafols
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Rats were subjected to cardiac arrest and resuscitation, 90 min of reperfusion, and in situ perfusion fixation. Thiobarbituric acid (TBA) was included in the aldehyde-free perfusion fixative, the TBA reaction was driven in situ by heating, and fluorescence microscopy was utilized to characterize the location of products of the TBA reaction. Absorbance-difference spectra were performed on butanol-extracted brain homogenates to confirm in situ formation of TBA adducts with aldehydic products of lipid peroxidation. Nissl-stained sections revealed good cellular fixation without shrinkage artifacts. Fluorescence was not seen microscopically when TBA was omitted from the perfusion fixative, and little fluorescence was present in normal brains or brains after ischemia only. However, after 90-min reperfusion, intense granular fluorescence was seen in the neuronal perikarya (especially at the base of the apical dendrite) of numerous pyramidal neurons in cortical layers 5 and 6 and in the pyramidal layer of Ammon's horn in the hippocampus. The nuclei of these cells exhibited no fluorescence. Fluorescence was also present in some striatal neurons, but was absent in the adjacent radial bundles. Neither glia nor white matter exhibited similar fluorescence. These observations indicate that neurons in the selectively vulnerable zones of the cortex and hippocampus are early and specific targets of lipid peroxidation during post-ischemic reperfusion.

Key words

Cerebral ischemia Lipid peroxidation Pathology Reperfusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blaine C. White
    • 1
  • Asif Daya
    • 2
  • Donald J. DeGracia
    • 1
  • Brian J. O'Neil
    • 1
  • John M. Skjaerlund
    • 1
  • Scott Trumble
    • 1
  • Gary S. Krause
    • 1
  • José A. Rafols
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineWayne State University School of MedicineDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy and Cell BiologyWayne State University School of MedicineDetroitUSA

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