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J Med Assoc Thai. 2008 Feb;91(2):208-14.

Pueraria mirifica, phytoestrogen-induced change in synaptophysin expression via estrogen receptor in rat hippocampal neuron.

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Center for Neuroscience, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine Pueraria mirifica (Leguminosae) containing-phytoestrogen effect on synaptic density and involvement of estrogen receptor.

MATERIAL AND METHOD:

The level of synaptophysin, a presynaptic vesicle protein, was measured using Western blot analysis and immunocytochemistry in hippocampal primary cell cultures at 6 days in vitro.

RESULTS:

P. mirifica and 17beta-estradiol (0.1 microM) treatment for 4 days, but not for 2 days, significantly increased synaptophysin immunoreactivity and level of synaptophysin. P. mirifica up to 60 microg/ml resulted in a dose related increase in the level of synaptophysin immunoreactivity. The classical estrogen receptor antagonist, ICI 182 780, significantly blocked P. mirifica-induced increase in synaptophysin.

CONCLUSION:

P. mirifica-containing phytoestrogen affects synaptic density by inducing synaptophysin expression via estrogen receptor.

PMID:
18389986
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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