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      Cerebrovascular development: mechanisms and experimental approaches


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          The cerebral vasculature plays a central role in human health and disease and possesses several unique anatomic, functional and molecular characteristics. Despite their importance, the mechanisms that determine cerebrovascular development are less well studied than other vascular territories. This is in part due to limitations of existing models and techniques for visualisation and manipulation of the cerebral vasculature. In this review we summarise the experimental approaches used to study the cerebral vessels and the mechanisms that contribute to their development.

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            Because it lacks a lymphatic circulation, the brain must clear extracellular proteins by an alternative mechanism. The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) functions as a sink for brain extracellular solutes, but it is not clear how solutes from the brain interstitium move from the parenchyma to the CSF. We demonstrate that a substantial portion of subarachnoid CSF cycles through the brain interstitial space. On the basis of in vivo two-photon imaging of small fluorescent tracers, we showed that CSF enters the parenchyma along paravascular spaces that surround penetrating arteries and that brain interstitial fluid is cleared along paravenous drainage pathways. Animals lacking the water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4) in astrocytes exhibit slowed CSF influx through this system and a ~70% reduction in interstitial solute clearance, suggesting that the bulk fluid flow between these anatomical influx and efflux routes is supported by astrocytic water transport. Fluorescent-tagged amyloid β, a peptide thought to be pathogenic in Alzheimer's disease, was transported along this route, and deletion of the Aqp4 gene suppressed the clearance of soluble amyloid β, suggesting that this pathway may remove amyloid β from the central nervous system. Clearance through paravenous flow may also regulate extracellular levels of proteins involved with neurodegenerative conditions, its impairment perhaps contributing to the mis-accumulation of soluble proteins.
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              Sleep drives metabolite clearance from the adult brain.

              The conservation of sleep across all animal species suggests that sleep serves a vital function. We here report that sleep has a critical function in ensuring metabolic homeostasis. Using real-time assessments of tetramethylammonium diffusion and two-photon imaging in live mice, we show that natural sleep or anesthesia are associated with a 60% increase in the interstitial space, resulting in a striking increase in convective exchange of cerebrospinal fluid with interstitial fluid. In turn, convective fluxes of interstitial fluid increased the rate of β-amyloid clearance during sleep. Thus, the restorative function of sleep may be a consequence of the enhanced removal of potentially neurotoxic waste products that accumulate in the awake central nervous system.

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                kugler.elisabeth@gmail.com , https://www.elisabethkugler.com/
                Cell Mol Life Sci
                Cell Mol Life Sci
                Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences
                Springer International Publishing (Cham )
                10 March 2021
                10 March 2021
                : 78
                : 9
                : 4377-4398
                [1 ]GRID grid.11835.3e, ISNI 0000 0004 1936 9262, Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease, Medical School, , University of Sheffield, ; Beech Hill Road, Sheffield, S10 2RX UK
                [2 ]GRID grid.11835.3e, ISNI 0000 0004 1936 9262, The Bateson Centre, Firth Court, , University of Sheffield, ; Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN UK
                [3 ]GRID grid.500304.2, Insigneo Institute for in Silico Medicine, The Pam Liversidge Building, ; Sheffield, S1 3JD UK
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                Molecular biology
                brain,endothelial cells,immune cells,lymphatics,mural cells,vasculature
                Molecular biology
                brain, endothelial cells, immune cells, lymphatics, mural cells, vasculature


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