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Stroke Research and Treatment
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 869327, 16 pages
Research Article

Increased Cell Fusion in Cerebral Cortex May Contribute to Poststroke Regeneration

1Institute of General Pathology and Pathophysiology of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Baltiskaya Street 8, Moscow 125315, Russia
2Russian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Moscow, Russia

Received 5 October 2012; Revised 30 December 2012; Accepted 14 February 2013

Academic Editor: Iwa Antonow-Schlorke

Copyright © 2013 Alexander Paltsyn et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this study, we used a model of a hemorrhagic stroke in a motor zone of the cortex in rats at the age of 3 months The report shows that cortical neurons can fuse with oligodendrocytes. In formed binuclear cells, the nucleus of an oligodendrocyte undergoes neuron specific reprogramming. It can be confirmed by changes in chromatin structure and in size of the second nucleus, by expression of specific neuronal markers and increasing total transcription rate. The nucleus of an oligodendrocyte likely transforms into a second neuronal nucleus. The number of binuclear neurons was validated with quantitative analysis. Fusion of neurons with oligodendrocytes might be a regenerative process in general and specifically following a stroke. The appearance of additional neuronal nuclei increases the functional outcome of the population of neurons. Participation of a certain number of binuclear cells in neuronal function might compensate for a functional deficit that arises from the death of a subset of neurons. After a stroke, the number of binuclear neurons increased in cortex around the lesion zone. In this case, the rate of recovery of stroke-damaged locomotor behavior also increased, which indicates the regenerative role of fusion.