A novel dual NO-donating oxime and c-Jun N-terminal kinase inhibitor protects against cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury in mice

Dmitriy N. Atochin, Igor Alexandrovich Shchepetkin, Andrey Ivanovich Khlebnikov, Victor I. Seledtsov, Helen Swanson, Mark T. Quinn, Paul L. Huang

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The c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) has been shown to be an important regulator of neuronal cell death. Previously, we synthesized the sodium salt of 11H-indeno[1,2-b]quinoxalin-11-one (IQ-1S) and demonstrated that it was a high-affinity inhibitor of the JNK family. In the present work, we found that IQ-1S could release nitric oxide (NO) during its enzymatic metabolism by liver microsomes. Moreover, serum nitrite/nitrate concentration in mice increased after intraperitoneal injection of IQ-1S. Because of these dual actions as JNK inhibitor and NO-donor, the therapeutic potential of IQ-1S was evaluated in an animal stroke model. We subjected wild-type C57BL6 mice to focal ischemia (30 min) with subsequent reperfusion (48 h). Mice were treated with IQ-1S (25 mg/kg) suspended in 10% solutol or with vehicle alone 30 min before and 24 h after middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion (MCAO). Using laser-Doppler flowmetry, we monitored cerebral blood flow (CBF) above the MCA during 30 min of MCAO provoked by a filament and during the first 30 min of subsequent reperfusion. In mice treated with IQ-1S, ischemic and reperfusion values of CBF were not different from vehicle-treated mice. However, IQ-1S treated mice demonstrated markedly reduced neurological deficit and infarct volumes as compared with vehicle-treated mice after 48 h of reperfusion. Our results indicate that the novel JNK inhibitor releases NO during its oxidoreductive bioconversion and improves stroke outcome in a mouse model of cerebral reperfusion. We conclude that IQ-1S is a promising dual functional agent for the treatment of cerebral ischemia and reperfusion injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2016



  • C-Jun N-terminal kinase
  • Cerebral reperfusion
  • Nitric oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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