DNA damage and repair in human spinal cord following ischemia-reperfusion injury

Glen Roseborough, Ruxian Lin, Daqing Gao, Amy McHale, Lei Chen, G. Melville Williams, Chiming Wei

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Spinal cord ischemia leading to paraplegia is a rare, sporadic, but devastating complication of surgery on the thoracoabdominal aorta. Our patient, a 69-year-old man, succumbed from a stroke on the third hospital day following surgical repair. He also had bilateral leg paralysis. At autopsy done 4 h after death there were remarkable differences between the thoracic or normally perfused spinal cord and the lumbar potentially ischemia or reperfused spinal cord. The measurements of injury were small in the thoracic spinal cord and extensive in the lumbar spinal cord DNA D/R. Apoptotic cell numbers and apoptosis-related enzymes such as caspase-3 were increased in the lumbar spinal cord. These findings duplicated those we reported in the rabbit subjected to 30 min of aortic occlusion and reperfusion injury. This is the first report in humans documenting DNA oxidative injury and apoptosis in ischemia-reperfusion injury of the spinal cord.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-145
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic-Renal Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • DNA damage
  • DNA repair
  • Reactive oxygen species (ROS)
  • Spinal cord ischemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Nephrology


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