This experiment was designed to determine if intraventricular administration of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) could promote cerebral angiogenesis in a model of mild chronic forebrain ischemia. Wistar rats underwent bilateral carotid artery ligation. Animals received intraventricular injections of bFGF every 4 days for 28 days. Basic fibroblast growth factor caused a significant dose-dependent increase in capillary density compared to ischemic controls in all regions examined. These results support the hypothesis that chronic intraventricular administration of bFGF induces in vivo cerebral angiogenesis.
- Basic fibroblast growth factor
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Neurology
- Developmental Biology