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Eur J Pharmacol. 2010 Aug 25;640(1-3):75-81. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2010.04.055. Epub 2010 May 12.

Neuroprotective efficacy and therapeutic window of Forsythoside B: in a rat model of cerebral ischemia and reperfusion injury.

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School of Pharmacy, Yantai University, 32# Qingquan Road, Laishan District, Yantai 264003, PR China.


The present study was to investigate the neuroprotective efficacy and mechanism of Forsythoside B. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion for 1 h followed by reperfusion for 23 h. Rats received an intravenous bolus injection of Forsythoside B at 15 min after reperfusion. The results showed that Forsythoside B at doses higher than 8 mg/kg produced a significant neuroprotective potential in cerebral ischemia and reperfusion rats. Forsythoside B (20 mg/kg) demonstrated significant neuroprotective activity even after delayed administration at 1 h, 3 h and 5 h after cerebral ischemia and reperfusion. Forsythoside B 20 mg/kg attenuated histopathological damage as demonstrated by smaller brain infarct size and brain edema, decreased cerebral Evans blue extravasation and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, inhibited cerebral phosphor-IkappaB-alpha and nuclear transcription factors kappaB (NF-kappaB) expression. Meanwhile, NF-kappaB expression with immunohistochemical staining was reduced, while circulating polymorphonuclear leukocytes was increased. All of these findings suggested that Forsythoside B exerted potent neuroprotective effects with a favorable therapeutic time-window, reduce of cerebral ischemia and reperfusion injury degree, attenuating blood-brain barrier (BBB) breakdown, and its protective effects may be due to inhibition of inflammatory response.

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