Proceedings of The Physiological Society

King's College London (2011) Proc Physiol Soc 22, PC12

Poster Communications

The effects of streptozotocin-induced diabetes on tight junction protein expression in the choroid plexus epithelium and on the physical integrity of the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier in rat

F. Safar1, M. Al-Bader1, H. Al-Sarraf1, Z. Redzic1

1. Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait, Kuwait.


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It has been shown that streptozotocin (STZ) induced diabetes in rats altered expression of the BBB tight junction (TJ) proteins [1]. This study investigated effects of the STZ-induced diabetes in rat on the expression of the TJ proteins occludin, claudin 1 and 2 in the choroid plexus epithelium (CPE) and on the physical integrity of blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier (BCSFB). Methods. Diabetes was induced in Sprague-Dawley rats by i.p. injection of STZ, 55 mg/kg; control group (CG) animals received a vehicle. Only animals with blood glucose >17 mM were included in the diabetic group (DG). Animals from the DG groups and CG were used for the study at either 7 or 28 days after the STZ/vehicle injection. At the day of experiment rats were anesthetized with urethane (1.2-1.5 g/kg, i.p.), CSF samples were collected from Cistern Magna and choroid plexuses were collected. The expression of TJ proteins was explored at the transcript level by real-time PCR using hydrolysis probes, with 18S mRNA as an internal control and the CGs as calibrators. The fold change in mRNA expression was calculated as described earlier [2]. The expression of TJ proteins at the protein level was explored by immunoblotting; rat β-actin was used as internal control. The physical integrity of the BCSFB was explored by estimating the CSF/perfusate ratio for [14C]sucrose after 10 min of in situ brain perfusion and the in vivo CSF/serum ratio for albumin. Statistical analysis was done using Student’s t -test. Results. The amount of mRNA for occludin in the DG after 7 days decreased to 64% of the amount in the CG; no significant change in the amount of mRNA for claudins were observed. After 28 days, amount of mRNA for all 3 TJ proteins decreased to <50% of the amount in the CG, (Table 1). No significant change in TJ proteins expression at the protein level, relative to expression of rat β-actin, was detected in DGs. Neither the CSF/perfusate ratio for [14C] sucrose nor the in vivo albumin CSF/serum ratio differed between the DGs and CGs at 7 and 28 days. Conclusion. STZ-induced diabetes has caused a decrease in the amount of occludin mRNA after 7 days and a decrease in the amount of mRNA for all three TJ proteinsa after 28 days. The relative expression of those proteins and the physical integrity of the BCSFB did not change.

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