Author(s): Zhou XQ, Zeng XN, Kong H, Sun XL, Zhou XQ, Zeng XN, Kong H, Sun XL
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Abstract Berberine is an alkaloid derived from herb medicine Coptidis Rhizom. Although there are increasing evidences that berberine exhibits neuroprotective effects against ischemic brain damage, little is known about the mechanism. In this study, we investigated the effect of berberine on ischemic injury in a middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model. We found that berberine improved neurological outcome and reduced ischemia/reperfusion (I/R)-induced cerebral infarction 48h after MCAO. The protective effect of berberine was confirmed in in vitro study. Berberine protected PC12 cells against oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)-induced injury. The results showed that berberine inhibited reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, and subsequent release of pro-apoptotic factor cytochrome c and apoptosis-inducing factors (AIFs) evoked by OGD. Findings of this study suggest that berberine protects against ischemic brain injury by decreasing the intracellular ROS level and subsequently inhibiting mitochondrial apoptotic pathway.
This article was published in Neurosci Lett
and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy