Cerebral ischemic damage in diabetes: An inflammatory perspective

Vibha Shukla, Akhalesh Kumar Shakya, Miguel A. Perez-Pinzon, Kunjan R. Dave

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Stroke is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. A strong inflammatory response characterized by activation and release of cytokines, chemokines, adhesion molecules, and proteolytic enzymes contributes to brain damage following stroke. Stroke outcomes are worse among diabetics, resulting in increased mortality and disabilities. Diabetes involves chronic inflammation manifested by reactive oxygen species generation, expression of proinflammatory cytokines, and activation/expression of other inflammatory mediators. It appears that increased proinflammatory processes due to diabetes are further accelerated after cerebral ischemia, leading to increased ischemic damage. Hypoglycemia is an intrinsic side effect owing to glucose-lowering therapy in diabetics, and is known to induce proinflammatory changes as well as exacerbate cerebral damage in experimental stroke. Here, we present a review of available literature on the contribution of neuroinflammation to increased cerebral ischemic damage in diabetics. We also describe the role of hypoglycemia in neuroinflammation and cerebral ischemic damage in diabetics. Understanding the role of neuroinflammatory mechanisms in worsening stroke outcome in diabetics may help limit ischemic brain injury and improve clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number21
JournalJournal of Neuroinflammation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 23 2017


  • Cell death
  • Chemokines
  • Cytokines
  • Diabetic brain
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Immune cells
  • Inflammation
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Immunology
  • Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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