Sleep Disruption Exacerbates and Prolongs the Inflammatory Response to Traumatic Brain Injury.

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) alters stress responses, which may influence neuroinflammation and behavioral outcome. Sleep disruption (SD) is an understudied post-injury environmental stressor that directly engages stress-immune pathways. Thus, we predicted that maladaptive changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis after TBI compromise the neuroendocrine response to SD and exacerbate neuroinflammation. To test this, we induced lateral fluid percussion TBI or sham injury in female and male C57BL/6 mice aged 8-10 weeks that were then left undisturbed or exposed to 3 days of transient SD. At 3 days post-injury (DPI) plasma corticosterone (CORT) was reduced in TBI compared with sham mice, indicating altered HPA-mediated stress response to SD. This response was associated with approach-avoid conflict behavior and exaggerated cortical neuroinflammation. Post-injury SD specifically enhanced neutrophil trafficking to the injured brain in conjunction with dysregulated aquaporin-4 (AQP4) polarization. Delayed and persistent effects of post-injury SD were determined 4 days after SD concluded at 7 DPI. SD prolonged anxiety-like behavior regardless of injury and was associated with increased cortical Iba1 labeling in both sham and TBI mice. Strikingly, TBI SD mice displayed an increased number of CD45+ cells near the site of injury, enhanced cortical glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) immunolabeling, and persistent expression of Trem2 and Tlr4 7 DPI compared with TBI mice. These results support the hypothesis that post-injury SD alters stress-immune pathways and inflammatory outcomes after TBI. These data provide new insight to the dynamic interplay between TBI, stress, and inflammation.

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Cited Authors

  • Tapp, ZM; Kumar, JE; Witcher, KG; Atluri, RR; Velasquez, JA; O'Neil, SM; Dziabis, JE; Bray, CE; Sheridan, JF; Godbout, JP; Kokiko-Cochran, ON

Published Date

  • August 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 16

Start / End Page

  • 1829 - 1843

PubMed ID

  • 32164485

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7404833

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9042

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0897-7151

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/neu.2020.7010


  • eng