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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(9), 11753-11772; doi:10.3390/ijms130911753
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Neuroprotection for Stroke: Current Status and Future Perspectives

1,2,†,* , 3,†
, 3
 and 4
1 Department of Neurology, University of Münster, Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, 48149 Münster, Germany 2 Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, University of Münster, Münster 48149, Germany 3 Acute Stroke Programme, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford 38655, UK 4 University Clinic of Würzburg, Department of Neurology, Würzburg 97080, Germany These authors contributed equally to this work.
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 29 July 2012 / Revised: 6 September 2012 / Accepted: 7 September 2012 / Published: 18 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Neuroprotective Strategies 2012)
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Abstract

Neuroprotection aims to prevent salvageable neurons from dying. Despite showing efficacy in experimental stroke studies, the concept of neuroprotection has failed in clinical trials. Reasons for the translational difficulties include a lack of methodological agreement between preclinical and clinical studies and the heterogeneity of stroke in humans compared to homogeneous strokes in animal models. Even when the international recommendations for preclinical stroke research, the Stroke Academic Industry Roundtable (STAIR) criteria, were followed, we have still seen limited success in the clinic, examples being NXY-059 and haematopoietic growth factors which fulfilled nearly all the STAIR criteria. However, there are a number of neuroprotective treatments under investigation in clinical trials such as hypothermia and ebselen. Moreover, promising neuroprotective treatments based on a deeper understanding of the complex pathophysiology of ischemic stroke such as inhibitors of NADPH oxidases and PSD-95 are currently evaluated in preclinical studies. Further concepts to improve translation include the investigation of neuroprotectants in multicenter preclinical Phase III-type studies, improved animal models, and close alignment between clinical trial and preclinical methodologies. Future successful translation will require both new concepts for preclinical testing and innovative approaches based on mechanistic insights into the ischemic cascade.
Keywords: neuroprotection; ischemic stroke; translation; STAIR; ischemic cascade neuroprotection; ischemic stroke; translation; STAIR; ischemic cascade
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Minnerup, J.; Sutherland, B.A.; Buchan, A.M.; Kleinschnitz, C. Neuroprotection for Stroke: Current Status and Future Perspectives. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 11753-11772.

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