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Abstract Title:

Diosmin protects rat retina from ischemia/reperfusion injury.

Abstract Source:

J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2012 Oct ;28(5):459-66. Epub 2012 Apr 17. PMID: 22509733

Abstract Author(s):

Nianting Tong, Zhenzhen Zhang, Yuanyuan Gong, Lili Yin, Xingwei Wu

Article Affiliation:

Nianting Tong


OBJECTIVE: Diosmin, a natural flavone glycoside, possesses antioxidant activity and has been used to alleviate ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. The aim of this study was to clarify whether the administration of diosmin has a protective effect against I/R injury induced using the high intraocular pressure (IOP) model in rat retina, and to determine the possible antioxidant mechanisms involved.

METHODS: Retinal I/R injury was induced in the rats by elevating the IOP to 110 mmHg for 60 min. Diosmin (100 mg/kg) or vehicle solution was administered intragastrically 30 min before the onset of ischemia and then daily after I/R injury until the animals were sacrificed. The levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) and the activities of total-superoxide dismutase (T-SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), and catalase (CAT) in the retinal tissues were determined 24 h after I/R injury. At 7 days post-I/R injury, electroretinograms (ERGs) were recorded, and the density of surviving retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) was estimated by counting retrograde tracer-labeled cells inwhole-mounted retinas. Retinal histological changes were also examined and quantified using light microscopy.

RESULTS: Diosmin significantly decreased the MDA levels and increased the activities of T-SOD, GSH-Px, and CAT in the retina of rats compared with the ischemia group (P<0.05), and suppressed the I/R-induced reduction in the a- and b-wave amplitudes of the ERG (P<0.05). The thickness of the entire retina, inner nuclear layer, inner plexiform layer, and outer retinal layer and the number of cells in the ganglion cell layer were significantly less after I/R injury (P<0.05), and diosmin remarkably ameliorated these changes on retinal morphology. Diosmin also attenuated the I/R-induced loss of RGCs of the rat retina (P<0.05).

CONCLUSION: Diosmin protected the retina from I/R injury, possibly via a mechanism involving the regulation of oxidative parameters.

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