Abstract Title:

Vitexin inhibits Aβinduced toxicity in Neuro-2a cells by augmenting Nrf-2/HO-1 dependent antioxidant pathway and regulating lipid homeostasis by the activation of LXR-α.

Abstract Source:

Toxicol In Vitro. 2018 Aug ;50:160-171. Epub 2018 Mar 12. PMID: 29545167

Abstract Author(s):

Dicson Sheeja Malar, Venkatesan Suryanarayanan, Mani Iyer Prasanth, Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Krishnaswamy Balamurugan, Kasi Pandima Devi

Article Affiliation:

Dicson Sheeja Malar


Amyloid beta (Aβ) formation is one of the neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD), which induces the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), further leading to the alteration of several signalling pathways. In the present study, vitexin has been evaluated for its neuroprotective activity against Aβinduced toxicity in Neuro-2a cells. Results of cell free studies indicated that vitexin significantly inhibited the aggregation of Aβ. Studies in Neuro-2a cells revealed that Aβsignificantly affected the cell viability by inducing ROS mediated toxicity and apoptosis. However, pre-treatment of Neuro-2a cells with vitexin (50 μM) significantly restored the cell viability up to 92.86 ± 5.57%. Vitexin has been found to inhibit the production of free radicals and suppress ROS mediated lipid peroxidation, protein oxidation and loss of membrane potential. Also, vitexin modulated the expression of genes involved in antioxidant response mechanisms (Nrf-2, HO-1), cholesterol metabolism (LXR-α, APOE, ABCA-1, Seladin-1), and endoplasmic reticulum stress (Grp78, Gadd153) to offer neuroprotection. Aβinduced caspase-3 activation, and Bax protein expression was also found to be significantly inhibited by vitexin. Taken together, our results indicate that vitexin offers neuroprotection to cells in part via augmenting the antioxidant mechanisms, maintaining lipid homeostasis and inhibiting apoptosis induced by Aβ.

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