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Adrian Corbett (Advisor), David Ladle (Committee Member), Mark Rich (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


Ischemic stroke makes up 87% of all hospital-admitted stroke cases annually; the primary treatment for these cases is intravenous administration of tPA within a 3.5 hour window from stroke onset. A long-term delayed ischemic stroke treatment proposed by this study was a combination of the pharmaceuticals Fluoxetine (SSRI), Simvastatin (statin), and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). 51 adult rat subjects (10-12 months of age; 44 Sprague Dawley, 7 Long Evans) were given a combination of the drugs for 31 days. Drugs were given through voluntary oral administration via sugar cookie-dough balls to reduce inhibition of neurogenesis through stress-related glucocorticoid production. Drug combinations were as follows: FSA - 5 mg/kg fluoxetine, 0.5 mg/kg simvastatin and 20 mg/kg ascorbic acid; FS - 5 mg/kg fluoxetine, 0.5 mg/kg simvastatin; and the vehicle control. Endothelin-induced cortical stroke was administered using 2 different set of coordinates relative to bregma: Group 1 - (AP: 0.0 mm, ML: -2.5 mm) and (AP +1.5 mm; ML: -2.5 mm); Group 2 - (AP: 0.0 mm, ML: -2.5mm) and (AP +2.3; ML -2.5 mm). To analyze functional deficit, rats were subject to Montoya Staircase functional test once pre-stroke and twice post-stroke, and the Forelimb Asymmetry functional test once pre-stroke and thrice post-stroke. Results showed that Long Evans rats sustain a significantly larger infarct volume compared to Sprague Dawley rats using Group 2 coordinates; Group 1 cortical injection coordinates produced a larger infarct than Group 2 coordinates in FSA Sprague Dawley rats; drug treatment showed no effect on total infarct volume, however, this may be attributed to use of generic fluoxetine in Group 2 Sprague Dawley rats.

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Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Physiology

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