African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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Morin mitigates oxidative stress, apoptosis and inflammation in cerebral ischemic rats

Yanrong Chen, Yanke Li, Huali Xu, Gang Li, Yunxia Ma, Yu Jun Pang


Background: Morin is a flavanoid which exhibits potent antioxidant activity in various oxidative stress related diseases. The current study was attempted to scrutinize the preclinical bio-efficacy of morin on focal ischemia.

Methods: The animal model of focal cerebral ischemic injury was done by midbrain carotid artery occlusion (MCAO) method, followed by Morin (30mg/kg) administration for seven days.

Results: The outcome of the study showed that treatment with morin displayed positive effects in reducing the focal cerebral ischemia. This effect was evident with the improvements in neurological deficits, reduction in MDA content and elevation of antioxidant levels (SOD, GSH and Gpx). Furthermore, protein expression of Bax and caspase-3 were effectively down-regulated, whilst the expression of Bcl-2 was significantly elevated. On the other hand, the mRNA expression of proinflammatory cytokines was significantly reduced in focal cerebral ischemic rats upon morin intervention.

Conclusion: Thus, the beneficial effects of morin on cerebral ischemia assault may result from the reduction of oxidative stress, inhibition of apoptosis and inflammation. The neuroprotective effects of morin supplement may serve as potent adjuvant in the amelioration of ischemic stroke.

Keywords: Focal cerebral ischemia, oxidative stress, apoptosis, inflammation, lipid peroxidation, morin

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