Piperine ameliorated memory impairment and myelin damage in lysolecethin induced hippocampal demyelination.
Life Sci. 2020 Jul 15 ;253:117671. Epub 2020 Apr 24. PMID: 32335165
AIMS: We still do not have effective treatment for hippocampal demyelination and memory deficit, the two common comorbidities in multiple sclerosis (MS). This study aimed to assess the therapeutic effect of Piperine (the main alkaloid of black pepper) in an experimental model of demyelination.
MAIN METHODS: Demyelination was induced in male Wistar rats by bilateral injection of lysolecithin (LPC) into the CA1 region of the hippocampus. Piperine (5, 10, 20 mg/kg) was daily injected intraperitoneally three days post LPC injection for ten days. The spatial memory was examined by the Morris water maze task. Demyelination and astrocyte activation were assessed by an immunohistological study. The gene expression analysis of TNF-α, IL1-β, NF-κB, IL-10, Foxp3, iNOS, Nrf2, HO1, MBP, and BDNF was done using qPCR. The total antioxidant capacity of hippocampal tissue was measured using FRAP assay.
KEY FINDINGS: Our results showed that piperine improved the memory performance and myelin repair in the hippocampal demyelination model. Piperine inhibited iNOS expression concomitant with enhanced expression levels of Nrf2, HO1 and the total antioxidant capacity in the hippocampal tissue. Piperine treatment significantly reduced the gene expression level of TNF-α, IL1-β, NF-κB, and glial activation in the injured area; however, the mRNA level of IL-10, Foxp3, BDNF and MBP were significantly increased.
SIGNIFICANCE: We found piperine to be an effective treatment for spatial memory impairment and myelin repair in the hippocampal demyelination model. However, further experimental evidence is needed to investigate the precise mechanisms underlying piperine as a promising therapeutic target in MS patients.