Additive effects of statin and dipyridamole on cerebral blood flow and stroke protection

Kim H., Sawada N., Soydan G., Lee H., Zhou Z., Hwang S., ...More

JOURNAL OF CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW AND METABOLISM, vol.28, no.7, pp.1285-1293, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Recent studies suggest that dipyridamole (DP) may exert stroke protective effects beyond platelet inhibition. The purpose of this study is to determine whether statin and DP could enhance stroke protection through nitric oxide (NO)-dependent vascular effects. Mice were pretreated with DP (10 to 60 mg/kg, q 12h, 3 days) alone or in combination with a statin (simvastatin; 0.1 to 20 mg/kg per day, 14 days) before transient intraluminal middle cerebral artery occlusion. Although simvastatin (1 mg/kg per day, 14 days) increased endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) activity by 25% and DP (30 mg/kg, q12 h, 3 days) increased aortic cGMP levels by 55%, neither statin nor DP alone, at these subtherapeutic doses, increased absolute cerebral blood flow (CBF) or conferred stroke protection. However, the combination of subtherapeutic doses of simvastatin and DP increased CBF by 50%, decreased stroke volume by 54%, and improved neurologic motor deficits, all of which were absent in eNOS-deficient mice. In contrast, treatment with aspirin (10 mg/kg per day, 3 days) did not augment the neuroprotective effects of DP and/or simvastatin. These findings indicate that statin and DP exert additive NO-dependent vascular effects and suggest that the combination of