Jornal Vascular Brasileiro
Jornal Vascular Brasileiro
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Contribuição na prevenção da isquemia cerebral pelo cilostazol, um inibidor da fosfodiesterase III: revisão de literatura

Contribution to prevention of cerebral ischemia by cilostazol, a phosphodiesterase III inhibitor: a review

Marcelo Pereira da Rosa; Gislaine Verginia Baroni; Vera Lúcia Portal

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Esta revisão bibliográfica objetiva expor estas pesquisas sobre as ações do cilostazol no sistema nervoso central. O cilostazol é uma droga que demonstrou exercer inibição seletiva e potente da fosfodiesterase tipo III, ocasionando o aumento de adenosina cíclica -3',5'-monofosfato nas plaquetas, nas células endoteliais e nas células musculares lisas, sendo classificado como vasodilatador, antiagregante plaquetário e antitrombótico. É o fármaco de primeira escolha na claudicação intermitente devido à doença arterial obstrutiva periférica. Além disso, há evidências de que o cilostazol é eficaz no processo aterosclerótico cerebral, promovendo aumento do fluxo e volume sangüíneos e prevenindo infartos, especialmente lacunares e recorrentes, por diminuir a morte celular devido à apoptose e ao estresse oxidativo nas substâncias branca e parda.


Inibidores de fosfodiesterase, infarto cerebral, fluxo sangüíneo cerebral, cilostazol


This literature review aims at presenting the main possibilities for the clinical application of cilostazol in the central nervous system. Cilostazol, a selective phosphodiesterase type III inhibitor, increases adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate levels on platelets, endothelial and smooth muscle cells, having vasodilatory, antiplatelet and antithrombotic properties. Currently, it is the first-choice drug for intermittent claudication, due to peripheral occlusive vascular disease. In addition, there is evidence showing that cilostazol is efficacious in cerebral atherosclerotic process, resulting in increase of blood flow and volume and preventing infarctions, especially lacunar and recurrent, since it reduces cellular death due to apoptosis and oxidative stress in white and gray substances.


Phosphodiesterase inhibitors, cerebral infarction, cerebral blood flow, cilostazol


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