Transcriptomics of intracranial aneurysms: current state and opportunities in flow diversion

Visish M. Srinivasan, Oleg Shekhtman, Sandeep Kandregula, Sneha Sai Mannam, Ling Fai Charles Yu, Peter Kan

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Over the last 2 decades, the field of transcriptomics has emerged as a major subdiscipline in biology. Transcriptomic techniques have been used by many groups over this time to better understand intracranial aneurysm development, rupture, and treatment. However, only a few studies have applied transcriptomics to understand the mechanisms behind flow diversion (FD) specifically, despite its increasing importance in the neurointerventional armamentarium. FD is an increasingly safe and effective treatment option for intracranial aneurysms. However, the clinical understanding and use of FD has far outpaced the understanding of the underlying mechanisms. To make FD more predictable, clinically efficacious, and safe, it is important to understand the biological mechanisms at play that lead to successful and unsuccessful FD. In this review, the authors focus on the current understanding of FD biology, the recent advances in transcriptomics, and what future studies could be performed to deepen the understanding of FD. They propose the new concept of the FD microenvironment to be studied, which may unlock a deeper biological understanding. This review provides the background for prospective studies into the development of targeted aneurysm therapy, whether by modified devices or by medical adjuncts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1335-1343
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2024


  • aneurysm
  • cerebrovascular
  • flow diversion
  • gene expression
  • RNA seqencing
  • transcriptome
  • vascular disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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