Korean J Physiol Pharmacol.  2004 Apr;8(2):77-81.

Increase of Synapsin I, Phosphosynapsin (ser-9), and GAP-43 in the Rat Hippocampus after Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion

  • 1Department of Pharmacology and Medical Research Institute, College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 158-710, Korea.
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, The Catholic University of Korea, Uijongbu St. Mary's Hospital, Uijeongbu, 480-130, Korea.


The loss of neurons and synaptic contacts following cerebral ischemia may lead to a synaptic plastic modification, which may contribute to the functional recovery after a brain lesion. Using synapsin I and GAP-43 as markers, we investigated the neuronal cell death and the synaptic plastic modification in the rat hippocampus of a middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model. Cresyl violet staining revealed that neuronal cell damage occurred after 2 h of MCAO, which progressed during reperfusion for 2 weeks. The immunoreactivity of synapsin I and GAP-43 was increased in the stratum lucidum in the CA3 subfield as well as in the inner and outer molecular layers of dentate gyrus in the hippocampus at reperfusion for 2 weeks. The immunoreactivity of phosphosynapsin was increased in the stratum lucidum in the CA3 subfield during reperfusion for 1 week. Our data suggest that the increase in the synapsin I and GAP-43 immunoreactivity probably mediates either the functional adaptation of the neurons through reactive synaptogenesis from the pre-existing presynaptic nerve terminals or the structural remodeling of their axonal connections in the areas with ischemic loss of target cells. Furthermore, phosphosynapsin may play some role in the synaptic plastic adaptations before or during reactive synaptogenesis after the MCAO.


Hippocampus; MCAO; Synapsin I; Phosphosynapsin; Growth associated protein-43 (GAP-43); Reactive synaptogenesis
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