The timing of anti-coagulation therapy initiation after acute cardioembolic stroke remains controversial. We investigated the effects of post-stroke administration of a factor Xa inhibitor in mice, focusing on tissue repair and functional restoration outcomes. We initiated administration of rivaroxaban, a Xa inhibitor, immediately after permanent distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO)in CB-17 mice harboring few leptomeningeal anastomoses at baseline. Rivaroxaban initiated immediately after pMCAO hindered the recovery of blood flow in ischemic areas by inhibiting leptomeningeal anastomosis development, and led to impaired restoration of neurologic functions with less extensive peri-infarct astrogliosis. Within infarct areas, angiogenesis and fibrotic responses were attenuated in rivaroxaban-fed mice. Furthermore, inflammatory responses, including the accumulation of neutrophils and monocytes/macrophages, local secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, and breakdown of the blood–brain barrier, were enhanced in infarct areas in mice treated immediately with rivaroxaban following pMCAO. The detrimental effects were not found when rivaroxaban was initiated after transient MCAO or on day 7 after pMCAO. Collectively, early post-stroke initiation of a factor Xa inhibitor may suppress leptomeningeal anastomosis development and blood flow recovery in ischemic areas, thereby resulting in attenuated tissue repair and functional restoration unless occluded large arteries are successfully recanalized.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Neurology
- Developmental Biology