7,8-Dihydroxyflavone improves motor performance and enhances lower motor neuronal survival in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Neurosci Lett. 2014 Apr 30 ;566:286-91. Epub 2014 Mar 15. PMID: 24637017
Orhan Tansel Korkmaz
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an enigmatic neurodegenerative disorder without any effective treatment characterized by loss of motor neurons (MNs) that results in rapidly progressive motor weakness and early death due to respiratory failure. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a member of the neurotrophin family known to play a prominent role in the differentiation and survival of MNs. The flavonoid 7,8-dihydroxyflavone (7,8-DHF) is a potent and selective small molecule tyrosine kinase receptor B (TrkB) agonist that mimics the effects of BDNF. In the present study, we evaluated the neuroprotective effects of 7,8-DHF in a transgenic ALS mouse model (SOD1(G93A)). We found that chronic administration of 7,8-DHF significantly improved motor deficits, and preserved spinal MNs count and dendritic spines in SOD1(G93A) mice. These data suggest that 7,8-DHF should be considered as a potential therapy for ALS and the other motor neuron diseases.