Vol. 122, No. 1 (Supplement) 2017
Supplement abstract

Endothelial cells are key-players in pilocarpine-induced epileptogenesis

Published 2017-10-06


  • Seizures,
  • epilepsy,
  • Bend3,
  • BMVECs,
  • neurovascular unit

How to Cite

Radu, B., Suku, E., Tsenov, G., Merigo, F., Kacer, P., Giorgetti, A., Radu, M., Bertini, G., & Fabene, P. (2017). Endothelial cells are key-players in pilocarpine-induced epileptogenesis. Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology, 122(1), 176. Retrieved from https://oajournals.fupress.net/index.php/ijae/article/view/2044


In recent years, the concept of the neurovascular unit (NVU) has emerged as a new paradigm for investigating both physiology and pathology in the CNS. This concept proposes that a purely neurocentric focus is not sufficient, and emphasizes that all cell types in the brain including neuronal, glial and vascular components (endothelial cells, blood cells, including immunity cells) must be examined in an integrated context. Cell–cell signaling and coupling between these different compartments thus form the basis for normal function (Lok et al. 2007). We tested the hypothesis that disordered signaling and perturbed coupling of these different components can be the basis for epileptogenesis in the pilocarpine model of epilepsy. We thus determined that pilocarpine can act on endothelial cells via receptors, comparing the response of the same stimulation in neurons as well.