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Expression of neurotrophin-4/5 in Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis

Author(s): H. Zhang, H.Y. Qian and L. Li

This study aims to investigate the expression of neurotrophin-4/5 (NT-4/5) in the pallium and hippocampus in juvenile rats with intraventricular injection of Streptococcus pneumoniae. We used 40 SPF SD rats (3 weeks old, regardless of gender) in this study. We drew 50 μL cerebrospinal fluid, and then, we injected 50 μL normal saline and S. pneumoniae suspension (108 CFU/mL) in the brain pool (normal control group and infection group, respectively). After 24 h, the cerebrospinal fluid was collected for bacterial culture and white blood cell count. The immunohistochemical staining was conducted at the day 1, 2, and 5, and the expression of NT-4/5 in rat brain tissue was observed. Compared with the normal control group, NT-4/5 expression in the pallium and hippocampus of rats in the 24-h infection group was significantly increased (both P S. pneumoniae, the expression of NT-4/5 in the pallium and hippocampus in juvenile rats was increased, especially during early disease course.