Curcumin has a neuroprotective effect in hypoxia ischemia brain tissue injury. - GreenMedInfo Summary
[Effects of curcumin on malondialdehyde and c-fos protein in hypoxia ischemia brain tissue in rats].
J Nat Prod. 2009 Apr;72(4):725-31. PMID: 19397204
Department of Forensic Medicine, Wenzhou Medical College, Wenzhou 325035, China. email@example.com
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of curcumin on the content of malondialdehyde (MDA) and the expression level of c-fos protein following hypoxia ischemia brain damage (HIBD) in rats.
METHODS: Sprague-Dauley (SD) rats were randomly divided into four groups as the following: sham group, hypoxia ischemia brain damage group, curcumin group and solvent control group. The content of MDA in the brain was measured by colorimetry. The expression level of c-fos protein in the cortex tissue was detected by immunohistochemistry. Morphologic and structural changes of neuron cells of the cortex were observed by electron microscopy.
RESULTS: The content of MDA was clearly lower in curcumin group than that in the other groups at the same time after HIBD. The expression level of c-fos protein was higher in the curcumin group than that in the other groups (P<0.05). Electron microscopy showed that the morphologic and structural changes of neuron cells of cortex in the curcumin group were reduced.
CONCLUSION: Curcumin could significantly decrease the content of MDA, increase the expression level of c-fos protein and reduce the damage of the neuron cells.