Abstract Title:

Ketogenic diet protects myelin and axons in diffuse axonal injury.

Abstract Source:

Nutr Neurosci. 2021 Jan 23:1-14. Epub 2021 Jan 23. PMID: 33487123

Abstract Author(s):

Jiao Mu, Tingting Wang, Meiyu Li, Teng Guan, Ying Guo, Xiaoli Zhang, Guohui Zhang, Jiming Kong

Article Affiliation:

Jiao Mu


BACKGROUND: Ketogenic diet (KD) has been identified as a potential therapy to enhance recovery after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is a common type of traumatic brain injury that is characterized by delayed axonal disconnection. Previous studies showed that demyelination resulting from oligodendrocyte damage contributes to axonal degeneration in DAI.

AIM: The present study tests a hypothesis that ketone bodies from the ketogenic diet confers protection for myelin and attenuates degeneration of demyelinated axon in DAI.

METHODS: A modified Marmarou's model of DAI was induced in adult rats. The DAI rats were fed with KD and analyzed with western blot, transmission electron microscope, ELISA test and immunohistochemistry. Meanwhile, a co-culture of primary oligodendrocytes and neurons was treated with ketone bodyβ-hydroxybutryate (βHB) to test for its effects on the myelin-axon unit.

RESULTS: Here we report that rats fed with KD showed an increased fatty acid metabolism and ketonemia. This dietary intervention significantly reduced demyelination and attenuated axonal damage in rats following DAI, likely through inhibition of DAI-induced excessive mitochondrial fission and promoting mitochondrial fusion. In anmodel of myelination, the ketone bodyβHB increased myelination significantly and reduced axonal degeneration induced by glucose deprivation (GD). βHB robustly increased cell viability, inhibited GD-induced collapse of mitochondrial membrane potential and attenuated death of oligodendrocytes.

CONCLUSION: Ketone bodies protect myelin-forming oligodendrocytes and reduce axonal damage. Ketogenic diet maybe a promising therapy for DAI.

Study Type : Animal Study

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