Pierre-Louis Leger

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Lissencephaly spectrum (LIS) is one of the most severe neuronal migration disorders that ranges from agyria/pachygyria to subcortical band heterotopia. Approximately 80% of patients with the LIS spectrum carry mutations in either the LIS1 or DCX (doublecortin) genes which have an opposite gradient of severity. The aim of the study was to evaluate in detail(More)
Research into neonatal ischemic brain damage is impeded by the lack of a complete understanding of the initial hemodynamic mechanisms resulting in a lesion, particularly that of NO-mediated vascular mechanisms. In a neonatal stroke rat model, we recently show that collateral recruitment contributes to infarct size variability. Non-specific and selective NO(More)
OBJECTIVE With the largest data set of patients with LIS1-related lissencephaly, the major cause of posteriorly predominant lissencephaly related to either LIS1 mutation or intragenic deletion, described so far, we aimed to refine the spectrum of neurological and radiological features and to assess relationships with the genotype. DESIGN Retrospective(More)
The effects of ischemia-reperfusion on opening of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) and its blockade in the immature brain are not fully understood. Presently, we evaluated the effect of cyclosporine A (CsA) on cell death and mPTP opening in a model of transient focal ischemia induced by permanent left middle cerebral artery, and(More)
We evaluated color-coded pulsed Doppler ultrasound imaging for the assessment of intracranial blood flow in two models of cerebral ischemia in 7-day-old (P7) rats. Blood-flow velocities (BFVs) were measured in the internal carotid arteries and basilar trunk upstream from the circle of Willis, and in the posterior cerebral arteries downstream (1) before, (2)(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) is a powerful vasodilator, involved in both physiological functions and pathophysiological alterations of various regulatory processes, for example, the maintenance of vascular tone and inflammation. The recently demonstrated impact of exogenous NO on the central nervous system extends its role under normal and pathological conditions. At(More)
Ischemic postconditioning (postC), defined as serial mechanical interruptions of blood flow at reperfusion, effectively reduces myocardial infarct size in all species tested so far, including humans. In the brain, ischemic postC leads to controversial results regardless of variations in factors such as onset time of beginning, the duration of ischemia(More)
Perinatal ischemic stroke is the most frequent form of cerebral infarction in neonates; however, evidence-based treatments are currently lacking. We have previously demonstrated a beneficial effect of sildenafil citrate, a PDE-5 inhibitor, on stroke lesion size in neonatal rat pups. The present study investigated the effects of sildenafil in a neonatal(More)
The lack of efficient neuroprotective strategies for neonatal stroke could be ascribed to pathogenic ischemic processes differentiating adults and neonates. We explored this hypothesis using a rat model of neonatal ischemia induced by permanent occlusion of the left distal middle cerebral artery combined with 50 min of occlusion of both common carotid(More)
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