Targeting foam cell formation to improve recovery from ischemic stroke

Jacob C. Zbesko, Jessica Stokes, Danielle A. Becktel, Kristian P. Doyle

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Inflammation is a crucial part of the healing process after an ischemic stroke and is required to restore tissue homeostasis. However, the inflammatory response to stroke also worsens neurodegeneration and creates a tissue environment that is unfavorable to regeneration for several months, thereby postponing recovery. In animal models, inflammation can also contribute to the development of delayed cognitive deficits. Myeloid cells that take on a foamy appearance are one of the most prominent immune cell types within chronic stroke infarcts. Emerging evidence indicates that they form as a result of mechanisms of myelin lipid clearance becoming overwhelmed, and that they are a key driver of the chronic inflammatory response to stroke. Therefore, targeting lipid accumulation in foam cells may be a promising strategy for improving recovery. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of current knowledge regarding inflammation and foam cell formation in the brain in the weeks and months following ischemic stroke and identify targets that may be amenable to therapeutic intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106130
JournalNeurobiology of Disease
StatePublished - Jun 1 2023


  • Cholesterol
  • Foam cells
  • Inflammation
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Myelin
  • Recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology


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