Intranasal Delivery of Drugs for Ischemic Stroke Treatment: Targeting IL-17A

  • Yun Lin
  • Jiancheng Zhang
  • Jian WangEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Translational Stroke Research book series (SSTSR)


Stroke is the second most common cause of death worldwide and a major cause of disability. However, uncertainty surrounds the efficacy and safety of peripheral or intracerebroventricular drug administration for stroke treatment. Intranasal delivery is emerging as a noninvasive option for delivering drugs to the central nervous system with minimal peripheral exposure. Use of the intranasal route could potentially reduce systemic exposure and side effects. Intranasal delivery provides rapid onset that occurs within minutes. Additionally, this method facilitates the delivery of large and/or charged molecules, which fail to effectively cross the blood-brain barrier. We have shown previously that intranasal delivery of exogenous interleukin-17A (IL-17A) promotes the survival, neuronal differentiation, and subsequent synaptogenesis of neural precursor cells in the subventricular zone during stroke recovery, as well as spontaneous recovery and angiogenesis. Therefore, although IL-17A is well-known for contributing to damage in acute ischemic stroke, it might also mediate neurorepair and spontaneous recovery after stroke when delivered intranasally.


Central nervous system Interleukin-17 A Intranasal delivery Neurorepair Stroke 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesia, Institute of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Union HospitalTongji Medical College Huazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina
  2. 2.Department of Critical Care Medicine, Institute of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Union HospitalTongji Medical College Huazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina
  3. 3.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineThe Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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