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Abstract Title:

Neuroprotective effects of andrographolide in a rat model of permanent cerebral ischaemia.

Abstract Source:

Br J Pharmacol. 2010 Oct ;161(3):668-79. PMID: 20880404

Abstract Author(s):

Su Jing Chan, W S Fred Wong, Peter T H Wong, Jin-Song Bian

Article Affiliation:

Su Jing Chan

Abstract:

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Andrographolide is a diterpenoid lactone isolated from a traditional medicinal herb, Andrographis paniculata. It possesses potent anti-inflammatory activity. The present study examined potential therapeutic effects of andrographolide on cerebral ischaemia using a rat model with permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO).

EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The MCA in rats was permanently occluded (by cautery), and 24 h later neurological effects were assessed with behavioural scores. Infarct volume and microglial activation were determined histologically. The p65 form of the transcription factor, nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), was measured by Western blot, and cytokines by immunoassay of brain extracts.

KEY RESULTS: Andrographolide, given i.p. 1 h after pMCAO, reduced infarct volume with a maximum reduction of approximately 50% obtained at 0.1 mg·kg(-1). Neurological deficits were also reduced by andrographolide, reflecting a correlation between infarct volume and neurological deficits. pMCAO was found to induce activation of microglia and elevate tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-1β and prostaglandin (PG)E(2) in the ischaemic brain areas. Andrographolide (0.1 mg·kg(-1)) significantly attenuated or abolished these effects. In addition, andrographolide suppressed the translocation of p65 from cytosol to nucleus, indicating reduced NF-κB activation.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Andrographolide exhibited neuroprotective effects, with accompanying suppression of NF-κB and microglial activation, and reduction in the production of cytokines including TNF-α and IL-1β, and pro-inflammatory factors such as PGE(2). Our findings suggest that andrographolide may have therapeutic value in the treatment of stroke.

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