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Abstract Title:

Hyperforin Potentiates Antidepressant-Like Activity of Lanicemine in Mice.

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Front Mol Neurosci. 2018 ;11:456. Epub 2018 Dec 12. PMID: 30618608

Abstract Author(s):

Bartłomiej Pochwat, Bernadeta Szewczyk, Katarzyna Kotarska, Anna Rafało-Ulińska, Marcin Siwiec, Joanna E Sowa, Krzysztof Tokarski, Agata Siwek, Alexandre Bouron, Kristina Friedland, Gabriel Nowak

Article Affiliation:

Bartłomiej Pochwat


N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) modulators induce rapid and sustained antidepressant like-activity in rodents through a molecular mechanism of action that involves the activation of Cadependent signaling pathways. Moreover, ketamine, a global NMDAR antagonist is a potent, novel, and atypical drug that has been successfully used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD). However, because ketamine evokes unwanted side effects, alternative strategies have been developed for the treatment of depression. The objective of the present study was to determine the antidepressant effects of either a single dose of hyperforin or lanicemine vs. their combined effects in mice. Hyperforin modulates intracellular Calevels by activating Ca-conducting non-selective canonical transient receptor potential 6 channel (TRPC6) channels. Lanicemine, on the other hand, blocks NMDARs and regulates Cadependent processes. To evaluate the antidepressant-like activity of hyperforin and lanicemine, a set of(behavioral) andmethods (western blotting, Caimaging studies, electrophysiological, and radioligand binding assays) was employed. Combined administration of hyperforin and lanicemine evoked long-lasting antidepressant-like effects in both naïve and chronic corticosterone-treated mice while also enhancing the expression of the synapsin I, GluA1 subunit, and brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) proteins in the frontal cortex. In Caimaging studies, lanicemine enhanced Cainflux induced by hyperforin. Moreover, compound such as MK-2206 (Akt kinase inhibitor) inhibited the antidepressant-like activity of hyperforin in the tail suspension test (TST). Hyperforin reversed disturbances induced by MK-801 in the novel object recognition (NOR) test and had no effects on NMDA currents and binding to NMDAR. Our results suggest that co-administration of hyperforin and lanicemine induces long-lasting antidepressant effects in mice and that both substances may have different molecular targets.

Study Type : Animal Study

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