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Title: Magnolol protects neurons against ischemia injury via the downregulation of p38/MAPK, CHOP and nitrotyrosine

Magnolol is isolated from the herb Magnolia officinalis, which has been demonstrated to exert pharmacological effects. Our aim was to investigate whether magnolol is able to act as an anti-inflammatory agent that brings about neuroprotection using a global ischemic stroke model and to determine the mechanisms involved. Rats were treated with and without magnolol after ischemia reperfusion brain injury by occlusion of the two common carotid arteries. The inflammatory cytokine production in serum and the volume of infarction in the brain were measured. The proteins present in the brains obtained from the stroke animal model (SAM) and control animal groups with and without magnolol treatment were compared. Magnolol reduces the total infarcted volume by 15% and 30% at dosages of 10 and 30 mg/kg, respectively, compared to the untreated SAM group. The levels of acute inflammatory cytokines, including interleukin-1 beta, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and interleukin-6 were attenuated by magnolol. Magnolol was also able to suppress the production of nitrotyrosine, 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE), inducible NO synthase (iNOS), various phosphorylated p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases and various C/EBP homologues. Furthermore, this modulation of ischemia injury factors in the SAM model group treated with magnolol seems to result from a suppression of reactive oxygenmore » species production and the upregulation of p-Akt and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB). These findings confirm the anti-oxidative properties of magnolol, including the inhibition of ischemic injury to neurons; this protective effect seems to involve changes in the in vivo activity of Akt, GSK3β and NF-κB. - Graphical abstract: Schematic presentation of the signaling pathways involved in magnolol inhibited transient global ischemia brain apoptosis and inflammation in rats. The effect of magnolol on the scavenger of ROS, which inhibits p38 MAPK and CHOP protein inactivation. These results suggest that another role for the iNOS/Akt pathway may be involved in neuronal survival or plasticity by magnolol after ischemic injury. - Highlights: • Magnolol attenuates brain damage in ischemic rats. • Effects of magnolol on stroke animals in ROS and acute inflammation cytokines. • Oxidants and Akt/NF-κB signaling are involved in the neuroprotection of magnolol.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [4] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [2]
  1. Institute of Traditional Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan (China)
  2. (China)
  3. Institute of Nursing and Department of Nursing, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (China)
  4. Department of Pathology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Chiayi, Taiwan (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22439827
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology; Journal Volume: 279; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; ANTIPYRETICS; APOPTOSIS; BRAIN; CAROTID ARTERIES; HERBS; IN VIVO; INFLAMMATION; INHIBITION; INJURIES; ISCHEMIA; LYMPHOKINES; NERVE CELLS; OXIDATION; PHOSPHOTRANSFERASES; RADIOPROTECTIVE SUBSTANCES; RATS