Metabolomic analysis of mouse brain after a transient middle cerebral artery occlusion by mass spectrometry imaging

Takatsugu Abe, Kuniyasu Niizuma, Atsushi Kanoke, Daisuke Saigusa, Ritsumi Saito, Akira Uruno, Miki Fujimura, Masayuki Yamamoto, Teiji Tominaga

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We performed metabolomic analyses of mouse brain using a transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) model with Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI)-mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) to reveal metabolite changes after cerebral ischemia. We selected and analyzed three metabolites, namely creatine (Cr), phosphocreatine (P-Cr), and ceramides (Cer), because these metabolites contribute to cell life and death. Eight-week-old male C57BL/6J mice were subjected to tMCAO via the intraluminal blockade of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) and reperfusion 60 min after the induction of ischemia. Each mouse was randomly assigned to one of the three groups; the groups were defined by the survival period after reperfusion: control, 1 h, and 24 h. Corrected samples were analyzed using MALDI-MSI. Results of MSI analysis showed the presence of several ionized substances and revealed spatial changes in some metabolites identified as precise substances, including Cr, P-Cr, Cer d18:1/18:0, phosphatidylcho-line, L-glutamine, and L-histidine. Cr, P-Cr, and Cer d18:1/18:0 were changed after tMCAO, and P-Cr and Cer d18:1/18:0 accumulated over time in ischemic cores and surrounding areas following ischemia onset. The upregulation of P-Cr and Cer d18:1/18:0 was detected 1 h after tMCAO when no changes were evident on hematoxylin and eosin staining and immunofluorescence assay. P-Cr and Cer d18:1/18:0 can serve as neuroprotective therapies because they are biomarker candidates for cerebral ischemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-392
Number of pages9
JournalNeurologia medico-chirurgica
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Ceramide
  • Cerebral ischemia
  • Mass spectrometry imaging
  • Metabolomic analysis
  • Phosphocreatine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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