Tissue-plasminogen activator-induced ischemic brain injury is reversed by melatonin: role of iNOS and Akt.

In vivo studies showed that tissue-plasminogen activator (t-PA) may aggravate neuronal injury after focal cerebral ischemia. We hypothesized that t-PA impairs survival-promoting cell signaling in the ischemic brain, which may be reversed by a neuroprotectant, i.e. melatonin. We examined the effects of t-PA (10 mg/kg, i.v.), administered alone or in… (More)