Transient changes in Fos and GFAP immunoreactivity precede neuronal loss in the rat hippocampus following neonatal anoxia

Elisabetta Dell'Anna Maria, Maria Concetta Geloso, Gaetano Draisci, Johan Luthman

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Early and delayed neuronal and glial changes in the hippocampus were studied in Wistar rats following neonatal anoxia induced by 100% Nz exposure for 25 min at approximately 30 h postnatally. Sham-treatment induced a transient increase in the number of fos immunoreactive neurons in the CAl, CA2, and CA3 regions, with a peak at 120 min following handling. In contrast, a significant decrease in the number of fosstained cells was seen in the CA1 and CA2 regions at 120 min after the exposure to anoxia, compared to sham-treatment. At 150 and 240 min increased fos immunoreactivity was detected in the CA2 region of anoxic rats. Enhanced glial fibrillary acidic protein staining was seen at Postnatal Day 7 (P7) in the hippocampus of the rats exposed to neonatal anoxia, while no differences between anoxic and sham-treated animals were observed at later time-points. No alteration in nerve cell density was found at P7, while at P15 and later stages a significant reduction in neuronal density was seen in the CA1 region of anoxic rats. Thus, the rapid induction in hippocampal neuronal activity that followed sham-treatment was blocked by the neonatal anoxia, as revealed by changes in immediate early gene expression. A transient reactive astrocytosis developed in the days after the anoxic insult, followed by a loss of neurons in the CA1 region. The findings indicate that a sequence of specific neuronal and glial alterations takes place in the hippocampus after neonatal anoxia, which finally leads to a detectable, regionally restricted, neuronal loss. Moreover, inhibition in fos protein expression may be an early marker for the anoxic damage in CA1 neurons
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)144-156
Numero di pagine13
RivistaExperimental Neurology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 1995


  • Hippocampus
  • Neonatal anoxia
  • c-fos
  • neuronal death


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