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Pak J Pharm Sci. 2011 Jul;24(3):263-8.

Neuroprotective effect of vitamin C against PTZ induced apoptotic neurodegeneration in adult rat brain.

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  • 1Department of Biology, College of Natural Sciences (RINS) and Applied Life Science (BK 21), Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Republic of Korea.


The present study was designed to observe the effect of PTZ on expression of caspsae-3, and to evaluate the neuroprotective role of vitamin C (vit-C) against PTZ-induced apoptotic neurodegeneration in adult rat brain. We observed that administration of a single conclusive dose of pentylenetetrazol (PTZ 50mg/kg) in adults rats induced epileptic seizure and increased activation of caspase-3 and caused neuronal death. Further, rats were injected with vit-C (250 mg/kg) 30 min before PTZ injection. The protective effect of vit-C against PTZ-induced apoptotic neurodegeneration in adult rat brain was observed using Western blot analysis and Nissl staining. The results showed that conclusive dose of PTZ-induced seizure, increased expression of caspase-3 and neuronal apoptosis in adult rat brain. Whereas, the pretreatment of vit-C along with PTZ showed significantly decreased expression of caspase-3 as compare to control group. Finally, our results indicated that vit-C can prevent some of the deleterious effect of seizure and neuronal degeneration induced by PTZ in adult rat brain.

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