|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 8 | Page : 1254-1259
Glucose metabolism and neurogenesis in the gerbil hippocampus after transient forebrain ischemia
Dae Young Yoo1, Kwon Young Lee2, Joon Ha Park3, Hyo Young Jung1, Jong Whi Kim1, Yeo Sung Yoon1, Moo-Ho Won3, Jung Hoon Choi D.V.M., Ph.D. 2
, In Koo Hwang D.V.M., Ph.D. 1
1 Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Research Institute for Veterinary Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
2 Department of Anatomy, College of Veterinary Medicine and Institute of Veterinary Science, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, South Korea
3 Department of Neurobiology, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, South Korea
|Date of Acceptance||21-Jun-2016|
|Date of Web Publication||6-Sep-2016|
In Koo Hwang
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Research Institute for Veterinary Science, Seoul National University, Seoul
Jung Hoon Choi
Department of Anatomy, College of Veterinary Medicine and Institute of Veterinary Science, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon
Source of Support: This work was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, No. NRF-2013R1A1A2059364, NRF-2015R1D1A3A01020635); by 2013 Research Grant from Kangwon National University, and also partially supported by the Research Institute for Veterinary Science, Seoul National University., Conflict of Interest: None
Recent evidence exists that glucose transporter 3 (GLUT3) plays an important role in the energy metabolism in the brain. Most previous studies have been conducted using focal or hypoxic ischemia models and have focused on changes in GLUT3 expression based on protein and mRNA levels rather than tissue levels. In the present study, we observed change in GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the adult gerbil hippocampus at various time points after 5 minutes of transient forebrain ischemia. In the sham-operated group, GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the hippocampal CA1 region was weak, in the pyramidal cells of the CA1 region increased in a time-dependent fashion 24 hours after ischemia, and in the hippocampal CA1 region decreased significantly between 2 and 5 days after ischemia, with high level of GLUT3 immunoreactivity observed in the CA1 region 10 days after ischemia. In a double immunofluorescence study using GLUT3 and glial-fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), we observed strong GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the astrocytes. GLUT3 immunoreactivity increased after ischemia and peaked 7 days in the dentate gyrus after ischemia/reperfusion. In a double immunofluorescence study using GLUT3 and doublecortin (DCX), we observed low level of GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the differentiated neuroblasts of the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus after ischemia. GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the sham-operated group was mainly detected in the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus. These results suggest that the increase in GLUT3 immunoreactivity may be a compensatory mechanism to modulate glucose level in the hippocampal CA1 region and to promote adult neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus.
Keywords: nerve regeneration; transient forebrain ischemia; glucose transporter 3; pyramidal cells; astrocytes; neuroblasts; neural regeneration
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Yoo DY, Lee KY, Park JH, Jung HY, Kim JW, Yoon YS, Won MH, Choi JH, Hwang IK. Glucose metabolism and neurogenesis in the gerbil hippocampus after transient forebrain ischemia. Neural Regen Res 2016;11:1254-9
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Yoo DY, Lee KY, Park JH, Jung HY, Kim JW, Yoon YS, Won MH, Choi JH, Hwang IK. Glucose metabolism and neurogenesis in the gerbil hippocampus after transient forebrain ischemia. Neural Regen Res [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 May 10];11:1254-9. Available from: http://www.nrronline.org/text.asp?2016/11/8/1254/189189
Dae Young Yoo, Kwon Young Lee
These authors contributed equally to this article.
| Introduction|| |
Glucose is the primary energy source for the brain and is essential for the maintenance of neuronal functions. Glucose can be delivered across the blood-brain barrier into glia and neurons by a family of structurally related membrane-spanning glycoproteins called glucose transporters (GLUTs) (Simpson et al., 2007). In particular, the more selective GLUT3 is primarily expressed by neuronal cells and meets the energy requirements necessary for synaptic neurotransmission (Maher et al., 1996).
Interruption of blood flow to the brain results in neuronal depletion of glucose and oxygen, which impairs ion transport, alters the resting potential of the membrane, and finally leads to the depolarization of neurons (Hwang et al., 2008; Wang et al., 2010). Accumulating evidence has indicated a compensatory increase in neuronal expression of GLUT3 in various forms of brain damage including ischemia (Urabe et al., 1996; Vannucci et al., 1998; Zovein et al., 2004; Huang et al., 2010), traumatic brain injury (Hamlin et al., 2001), glucose deprivation by insulin (Uehara et al., 1997) and hyperglycemia as a result of diabetes mellitus (Vannucci et al., 1994). Homozygous GLUT3-deficient mice show prenatal lethality, but heterozygous mice are born normally. However, they display autism spectrum-like behaviors such as abnormal cognitive flexibility with intact motor ability, perturbed social behavior with reduced vocalization and stereotypies, seizures, and decreased contextual memory (Zhao et al., 2010). However, most studies have been conducted using focal or hypoxic-ischemia models and have focused on changes in GLUT3 expression based on protein and mRNA levels rather than tissue levels.
To better understand the cellular localization of GLUT3 in the hippocampus at various time points after ischemia, we investigated the temporal and spatial changes of GLUT3 expression in the hippocampal CA1 region and dentate gyrus of the Mongolian gerbil.
| Materials and Methods|| |
Male Mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus, n = 49, 3-month-old, 50–60 g) were purchased from Japan SLC Inc. (Shizuoka, Japan). The animals were randomly divided into two groups; sham-operated (n = 5) and ischemia (n = 44) groups. They were housed under standard conditions with adequate temperature (22°C), humidity (60%), a 12-hour reversible light/dark cycle, and free access to food and water. The handling and care of the animals conformed to guidelines compliant with current international laws and policies (NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, NIH Publication No. 85-23, 1985, revised 1996). Animal procedures were approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) of Seoul National University. All experiments were conducted with an effort to minimize the number of animals used and the suffering caused by the procedures employed in the present study as previously described (Yoo et al., 2015).
Induction of transient forebrain ischemia
As previously described (Yoo et al., 2015), the animals were anesthetized with a mixture of 2.5% isoflurane (Baxtor, Deerfield, IL, USA) in 33% oxygen and 67% nitrous oxide. Common carotid arteries from both sides were isolated and occluded using non-traumatic aneurysm clips. The complete interruption of blood flow was confirmed by observing the obstruction of central artery in retinae using an ophthalmoscope (HEINE K180®, Heine Optotechnik, Herrsching, Germany). After 5 minutes of occlusion, the aneurysm clips were removed. Body temperature under free-regulating or normothermic (37 ± 0.5°C) conditions was monitored with a rectal temperature probe (TR-100; Fine Science Tools, Foster City, CA, USA) and maintained using a thermometric blanket before, during, and after the surgery until the animals completely recovered from anesthesia. Thereafter, animals were kept in a thermal incubator (Mirae Medical Industry, Seoul, South Korea) to maintain body temperature until the animals were euthanized. Sham-operated animals were subjected to the same surgical procedures except that the common carotid arteries were not occluded. Four animals were excluded due to incomplete occlusion of the common carotid arteries or uncontrolled body temperature.
For histology, sham-operated animals were anesthetized with 1 g/kg urethane (Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA) 4 days after sham operation and ischemia-operated animals (n = 5 at each time point) were anesthetized at 6, 12, 24 hours, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10 days after ischemia/reperfusion. The animals were perfused transcardially with 0.1 M phosphate-buffered saline (PBS, pH 7.4), followed by 4% paraformaldehyde in 0.1 M phosphate-buffer (pH 7.4), as previously described (Yoo et al., 2012b). The brains were removed and postfixed in the same fixative for 12 hours. The brain tissues were cryoprotected by infiltration with 30% sucrose overnight. Coronal brain sections (30 μm thick) were serially cut using a cryostat (Leica, Wetzlar, Germany). The sections were collected into 6-well plates containing PBS for further process.
To ensure that the immunohistochemical data were comparable between groups, the sections were carefully prounder the same conditions as previously described (Jung et al., 2016). The tissue sections were selected between 1.4 and 2.0 mm posterior to the bregma in reference to a gerbil atlas (Loskota et al., 1974) for each animal. Five sections, 90 μm apart from each other, were sequentially treated with 0.3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in PBS for 30 minutes and 10% normal goat serum in 0.05 M PBS for 30 minutes at room temperature. They were then incubated with rabbit anti-GLUT3 antibody (diluted 1:50, Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Santa Cruz, CA, USA) overnight at room temperature and subsequently treated with biotinylated goat anti-rabbit IgG and a streptavidin-peroxidase complex (1:200, Vector, Burlingame, CA, USA) for 2 hours at room temperature. Sections were then visualized by reaction with 3,3′-diaminobenzidine tetrachloride (Sigma) in 0.1 M Tris-HCl buffer (pH 7.2) and mounted on gelatin-coated slides. Sections were mounted in Canada Balsam (Kanto, Tokyo, Japan) after dehydration.
Analysis of the hippocampal CA1 region and dentate gyrus was performed using an image analysis system and ImageJ software v. 1.5 (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA), according to a previously described method (Jung et al., 2016). Digital images of the mid-point of the hippocampal CA1 region were captured with a BX51 light microscope (Olympus, Tokyo, Japan) equipped with a digital camera (DP72, Olympus) connected to a computer monitor. Images were calibrated into an array of 512 × 512 pixels corresponding to a tissue area of 1,200 μm × 900 μm (100× primary magnification). Each pixel resolution was 256 gray levels, and the intensity of GLUT3 immunoreactivity was evaluated by relative optical density (ROD), which was obtained after transformation of the mean gray level using the formula: ROD = log(256/mean grayscale level). ROD of background staining was determined in unlabeled portions of the sections using Photoshop CC software (Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, CA, USA), and this value was subtracted to correct for nonspecific staining, using ImageJ v. 1.50 software (National Institutes of Health). Data are expressed as a percentage of the sham-operated group values (set to 100%).
To confirm the colocalization of GLUT3 and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) or GLUT3 and doublecortin (DCX) in the brain, the sections at 7 days after ischemia were processed by double immunofluorescence staining under the same conditions according to a previously described method (Jung et al., 2016). Double immunofluorescence staining for rabbit anti-GLUT3 (1:20) / goat anti-DCX (diluted 1:25; Santa Cruz Biotechnology) or mouse anti-GFAP (diluted 1:500, Millipore, Temecula, CA, USA) was performed. The sections were incubated in the mixture of antisera overnight at room temperature. After washing three times for 10 minutes each with PBS, they were then incubated in a mixture of both Cy3-conjugated donkey anti-rabbit IgG (1:600; Jackson ImmunoResearch, West Grove, PA, USA) and FITC-conjugated donkey anti-goat IgG (1:600; Jackson ImmunoResearch) or FITC-conjugated donkey anti-mouse IgG (1:600; Jackson ImmunoResearch) for 2 hours at room temperature. The immunoreactions were observed under the confocal microscope (LSM510 META NLO, Carl Zeiss, Göttingen, Germany).
As previously described (Yoo et al., 2015; Jung et al., 2016), the data are shown as the mean ± SEM. Differences among the means were statistically analyzed by one-way analysis of variance followed by a Bonferroni's post-hoc test, using GraphPad Prism 5.01 software (GraphPad Software, Inc., La Jolla, CA, USA). Statistical significance was considered at P < 0.05.
| Results|| |
Changes in GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the hippocampal CA1 region
In the sham-operated group, very weak GLUT3 immunoreactivity was detected in the hippocampal CA1 region ([Figure 1]A). GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the CA1 region increased significantly compared to that in the sham-operated group 6 hours after ischemia ([Figure 1]B, [Figure 1]J). A significant increase in GLUT3 immunoreactivity was detected in the pyramidal neurons of the CA1 region 12–24 hours after ischemia ([Figure 1]C, [Figure 1]D, [Figure 1]J). Two days after ischemia/reperfusion, GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the stratum pyramidale decreased significantly while an increase in GLUT3 immunoreactivity was found in the strata oriens and radiatum ([Figure 1]E). Three days after ischemia, GLUT3 immunoreactivity was seen in the degenerating cells of the stratum pyramidale, while GLUT3 immunoreactivity was not observed in other regions ([Figure 1]F). Five days after ischemia, only faint GLUT3 immunoreactivity was detected in the CA1 region ([Figure 1]G). Seven to ten days after ischemia, abundant GLUT3 immunoreactivity was detected in the strata oriens and radiatum ([Figure 1]H, [Figure 1]I). In the ischemia group, GLUT3 immunoreactivity was significantly increased in the hippocampal CA1 region 6, 12, 24 hours, 2, 3, 7, 10 days after ischemia than 5 days after ischemia ([Figure 1]J). GLUT3 immunoreactive structures also showed GFAP immunoreactivity with the activated form (hypertrophied cytoplasm) in the strata oriens and radiatum of the hippocampal CA1 region ([Figure 3]A,[Figure 3]B,[Figure 3]C).
|Figure 1 Immunohistochemical staining for GLUT3 in the hippocampal CA1 region in sham-operated (A) and ischemia (B–I) groups.|
In the sham-operated group, weak GLUT3 immunoreactivity is observed in the SP. Strong GLUT3 immunoreactivity is observed in the SP 24 h after ischemia and in the SO and SR 7–10 days after ischemia. Scale bar: 50 μm. (J) Relative optical densities (ROD) are represented as a percentage of the value of GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the hippocampal CA1 region of the sham-operated group (n = 5 in sham-operated group or at each time point in the ischemia group. The data are analyzed by one-way analysis of variance followed by a Bonferroni's post-hoc test, *P < 0.05, vs. sham-operated group; #P < 0.05, vs. pre-adjacent time point group. The bars indicate the mean ± SEM. GLUT3: Glucose transporter 3; SO: stratum oriens; SP: stratum pyramidale; SR: stratum radiatum; h: hours; d; days.
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Changes in GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the dentate gyrus
In the sham-operated group, a moderate level of GLUT3 immunoreactivity was observed in the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus ([Figure 2]A). Unlike what we observed in the hippocampal CA1 region, GLUT3 immunoreactivity did not change spatially in the dentate gyrus although the GLUT3 immunoreactivity did. GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the dentate gyrus increased significantly compared to that observed in the sham-operated group 6 hours after ischemia ([Figure 2]B, [Figure 2]J). GLUT3 immunoreactivity 12 hours after ischemia was similar to that observed 6 hours after ischemia, although a significant increase was observed 24 hours after ischemia compared to 12 hours after ischemia ([Figure 2]C, [Figure 2]D, [Figure 2]J). Two to five days after ischemia, GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the dentate gyrus decreased compared to the levels observed 24 hours after ischemia, although it was significantly greater in the ischemia group at these time points compared to the levels observed in the sham-operated group ([Figure 2]J). GLUT3 immunoreactivity remained significantly increased 7 days after ischemia, and clear GLUT3 immunoreactive band-like structures were found in the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus. These band-like structures were not present in either the sham-operated group or at 5 days after ischemia ([Figure 2]H, [Figure 2]J). The results of the double immunofluorescence study indicated partial colocalization of GLUT3 immunoreactive structures such as cytosol and processes in DCX-immunoreactive neuroblasts ([Figure 3]D,[Figure 2]E,[Figure 2]F). Ten days after ischemia, GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus showed a decrease compared to the level observed 7 days after ischemia ([Figure 2]I and [Figure 2]J). However, GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the ischemia group 7 days after ischemia was significantly greater than that in the sham-operated group ([Figure 2]J).
|Figure 2 Immunohistochemical staining for GLUT3 in the dentate gyrus in sham-operated (A) and ischemia (B–I) groups.|
In the sham-operated group, a moderate level of GLUT3 immunoreactivity is observed in the subgranular zone of dentate gyrus. GLUT3 immunoreactivity is strong in the ischemia group at all time points and strongest 7 days after ischemia. (J) Relative optical densities (ROD) are represented as a percentage of the value of the GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the dentate gyrus of the sham-operated group. n = 5 in sham-operated group or at each time point in the ischemia group. The data are analyzed by one-way analysis of variance followed by a Bonferroni's post-hoc test. *P < 0.05, vs. sham-operated group; #P < 0.05, vs. pre-adjacent time point group. The bars indicate the mean ± SEM. GLUT3: Glucose transporter 3; GCL: granule cell layer; ML: molecular layer; PL: polymorphic layer; h: hours; d: days. Scale bar: 50 μm.
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|Figure 3 Double immunofluorescence staining for GLUT3 (A, green), GFAP (B, red), and merged images (C, yellow) in the hippocampal CA1 region as well as GLUT3 (D, green), DCX (E, red), and merged images (F, yellow) in the dentate gyrus 7 days after ischemia.|
Many GLUT3 immunoreactive cells are co-localized with GFAP immunoreactive astrocytes in the hippocampal CA1 region. In the dentate gyrus, a few processes of GLU3 immunoreactive neurons are double-labeled with those in DCX immunoreactive neuroblasts in the dentate gyrus. Scale bar: 50 μm. GLUT3: Glucose transporter 3; GFAP: glial fibrillary acidic protein; DCX: doublecortin.
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| Discussion|| |
Glucose is the primary energy source for brain metabolism, and the passage of glucose across the cell membrane is facilitated by a family of integral membrane transporter proteins known as GLUTs (Simpson et al., 2007). GLUT3 is the predominant isoform that fuels ATP generation and thereby energy metabolism in neurons (Simpson et al., 2007). Cerebral ischemia has been associated with changes in both glucose utilization and cerebral metabolic rate (Pulsinelli et al., 1982; Suzuki et al., 1983). In the present study, we observed GLUT3 in the pyramidal neurons and subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus in the Mongolian gerbil. This observation is supported by previous rat/mouse studies reporting GLUT3 immunoreactivity that is primarily localized in neuronal components (Nagamatsu et al., 1994; Vannucci et al., 1997; Choeiri et al., 2002; Simpson et al., 2008).
A significant increase in GLUT3 immunoreactivity was observed in the pyramidal neurons of the hippocampal CA1 region 24 hours after ischemia. This result coincides with those of previous studies reporting increased GLUT3 levels in response to ischemia in the brain (Gerhart et al., 1994; Urabe et al., 1996; Zovein et al., 2004; Fung et al., 2010; Huang et al., 2010). However, in the present study, we observed biphasic increases in GLUT3 immunoreactivity in pyramidal neurons, followed by increases in immunoreactivity in the astrocytes of the hippocampal CA1 region. The switch from neurons to astrocytes may be associated with neuronal death in the hippocampus as the steady glucose supply provided by astrocytes (Danbolt, 2001) becomes the main source of energy after neuronal damage in the hippocampal CA1 region (Vilchez et al., 2007). In a model of focal cerebral ischemia using gerbils, GLUT3 expression increased 10-fold 24 hours following ischemia (Huang et al., 2010). In addition, in transient focal ischemia after 3 hours of middle cerebral artery occlusion, GLUT3 mRNA and protein levels increased in the rat brain 48 hours after reperfusion (Urabe et al., 1996). After 45 minutes of hypoxic ischemia, a significant increase in GLUT3 expression was observed in both the ipsilateral and contralateral sides of the brain 4 hours after re-oxygenation, returning to baseline levels 24 hours after re-oxygenation (Fung et al., 2010).
In the dentate gyrus, we observed increased levels of GLUT3 immunoreactivity after transient forebrain ischemia, and these GLUT3 immunoreactive cells were identified as differentiated neuroblasts 7 days after ischemia. The increase in GLUT3 expression may be a compensatory mechanism intended to induce neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus. This observation is supported by our previous study in which GLUT3 immunoreactive cells were found to overlap with DCX-immunoreactive neuroblasts in the postnatal brain (Jung et al., 2016). In addition, GLUT3 immunoreactivity in the dentate gyrus peaked 7 days after ischemia. This result may be closely related with the chronological changes observed in DCX immunoreactive neuroblasts (Choi et al., 2012). Several lines of evidence show that cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) is an important transcription factor of the GLUT3 gene (Rajakumar et al., 2004), potentially binding to the promoter region of the gene and regulating GLUT3 expression (Reddy et al., 2010; Jin et al., 2013). Phosphorylation of CREB protein on serine 133 is implicated in activity-dependent neuronal plasticity, neurotrophin-mediated neuronal survival, and adult neurogenesis (Ghosh and Greenberg, 1995; Riccio et al., 1999). The genetic down-regulation of GLUT3 expression accelerates neuronal damage (Fung et al., 2010) and reduces preconditioning effects on ischemic tolerance (Iwabuchi and Kawahara, 2011).
In conclusion, our findings suggest that the transient increases in GLUT3 expression following forebrain ischemia may be a compensatory mechanism aimed at reducing the neuronal damage in the hippocampal CA1 region and promoting endogenous neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus.
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The authors would like to thank to Seung-Hae Kwon from Chuncheon Center, Korea Basic Science Institute, South Korea for technical assistance with the confocal image analyses (LSM 510 META NLO).
All authors conceived the experiment and paper. DYY, KYL, JHC, and IKH designed the experiment. DYY and KYL wrote the paper and JHC and IKH edited the paper. DYY, KYL, HYJ, and JWK conducted the immunohistochemistry and analyzed the data. JHP conducted double immunohistochemistry. DYY and KYL made the animal model for ischemia. YSY and MHW advised the design of experiment and edited the paper. All authors approved the final version of this paper.
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