Effect of Improved Forelimb Sensorimotor Function on the Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in a Focal Ischemic Brain Injury Rat Model

국소 허혈성 뇌손상 흰쥐 모델에서 경두개직류전기자극이 앞다리 운동감각 기능 증진에 미치는 효과

  • 김기도 (한국국제대학교 물리치료학과) ;
  • 심기철 (동신대학교 보건복지대학 물리치료학과) ;
  • 김경윤 (동신대학교 보건복지대학 물리치료학과)
  • Received : 2010.10.04
  • Accepted : 2011.03.15
  • Published : 2011.04.28


This study was to investigate the effect of improve forelimb sensorimotor function and neurotrophic factor(GAP-43) expression when differing an application time of tDCS in ischemic brain injury rat model(pre, $1^{st}$, $7^{th}$, $14^{th}$). Focal ischemic brain injury was induced in 80 Sprague-Dawley rats through middle cerebral artery occlusion(MCAO) by 'Longa' method. And then experimental groups were randomly divided into four groups; GroupI: MCAO induction, GroupII: application of tDCS(10 min) after MCAO induction, GroupIII: application of tDCS(20 min) after MCAO induction, GroupIV: application of tDCS(30 min) after MCAO induction. Modified limb placing test and single pellet reaching test were performed to test forelimb sensorimotor function. And the histological examination was also observed through the immunohistochemistric response of GAP-43(growth-associated protein-43) in the cerebral cortex. In modified limb placing test, groupIII(p<0.05) showed significantly improve than the other groups on $14^{th}$). day. In single pellet reaching test, groupIII(p<0.01) and groupIV(p<0.05) significantly improved on $14^{th}$) day. And in immunohistochemistric response of GAP-43, group III showed significantly positive response than the other groups on $14^{th}$ day. These results suggest that the intensity(0.1 mA)/time(20 min) condition of tDCS application has a significant impact on the sensorimotor functional recovery in focal ischemic brain injury rat models.


Ischemic Brain Injury;tDCS;Forelimb Sensorimotor Function;GAP-43


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