Abstract P785: The B Cell Response to Extracellular Glutamate in the Ischemic Brain

Vanessa O Torres, Jadwiga Turchan-Cholewo, Xiangmei Kong, Erik J Plautz, Nancy L Monson, Mark P Goldberg, Ann M Stowe

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Background: Neuronal networks require significant neurotrophic support for functional plasticity after stroke. We showed that B cells exhibit a cell-specific migration pattern in the post-stroke brain. Post-stroke B cell depletion impedes neurogenesis, increases anxiety, and exacerbates memory deficits in mice; deficits generally mediated by brain regions occurring outside the initial infarct. We hypothesize that the post-stroke microenvironment can enhance neurotrophic capacities of B cells to promote plasticity. Methods: Splenic B cells were isolated from 3-5 mo-old male C57Bl/6J mice. B cell N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) subunits were identified by confocal microscopy. The acute (8 min) Ca 2+ response to 1uM glutamate (glu) +/- NMDAR antagonists (10uM DAPV (competitive NMDAR inhibitor), 30uM ifenprodil (ifen., GluN2B subunit inhibitor), and 10uM TCN201 (GluN2A subunit inhibitor)) was assessed via flow cytometry in B cells (+/- 5ug/mL LPS). B cell viability and neurotrophin (NT)-related genes were assessed by flow cytometry and qPCR, respectively, in B cells (+/- LPS) treated with glu +/- NMDAR antagonists for 24h. Data were analyzed in Graphpad Prism. Results: B cells express functional GluN2A- and GluN2B-containing NMDARs that influx Ca 2+ in response to extracellular glu (*p
Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue numberSuppl_1
StatePublished - 2021


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