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Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2012 Feb;37(4):421-5.

[Neuroprotective effect of baicalein in patients with Parkinson's disease].

[Article in Chinese]

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Beijing Key laboratory of Drug Targets Identification and Drug Screening, Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100050, China.


Baicalein, a flavonoid compound extracted from dried roots of traditional Chinese medicine Scutellaria baicalensis, has been widely applied as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. With continuous studies on its mechanisms, recent findings suggest that baicalein has some effect on neuroprotection and improvement of clinical symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease. Recent studies showed that its neuroprotective efficacy is closely related to such functions as antiinflammatory, antioxidative stress, protecting chondriosome, inhibiting glutamate neurotoxicity, promoting nerve growth and inhibiting alpha-synuclein protein-aggregate activities. The aim of this article is to summarize the neuroprotective effects of baicalein in Parkinson's disease.

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