Abstract Title:

The effect of curcumin on ethanol induced changes in suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) and pineal.

Abstract Source:

Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2007 Dec;27(8):997-1006. Epub 2007 Sep 11. PMID: 17846884

Abstract Author(s):

Anita Jagota, M Y Reddy


(1) Circadian clocks have been localized to discrete sites within the nervous system of several organisms and in mammals to the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the anterior hypothalamus. The SCN controls and regulates the production and discharge of melatonin (hormonal message of darkness) from the pineal gland via a multisynaptic efferent pathway. The nocturnal rise in melatonin production from serotonin results due to an increased activity of serotonin N-acetyl transferase (NAT). (2) The complex interaction between alcohol and biological clock need to be understood as alcoholism results in various clock linked neuronal disorders especially loss of memory and amnesia like state of consciousness, sleep disorders, insomnia, dementia etc. (3) Serotonin, 5-Hydroxy-tryptamine (5-HT) plays an important role in mediating alcohol's effects on the brain. Understanding the impact of alcohol consumption on circadian system is a pre-requisite to help in treatment of alcohol induced neurological disorders. We, therefore, studied the effect of ethanol drinking and ethanol withdrawal on daily rhythms of serotonin and its metabolite, 5-hydroxy-indole acetic acid (5-HIAA) in SCN and Pineal of adult male Wistar rats maintained under light-dark (LD, 12:12) conditions. (4) Curcumin is well known for its protective properties such as antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-viral and anti-infectious etc. Hence, we studied the effect of curcumin on ethanol induced changes on 5-HT and 5-HIAA levels and rhythms in SCN and Pineal. (5) Ethanol withdrawal could not restore either rhythmicity or phases or levels of 5-HT and 5-HIAA. Curcumin administration resulted in partial restoration of daily 5-HT/5-HIAA ratio, with phase shifts in SCN and in Pineal. Understanding the impact of alcohol consumption on circadian system and the role of herbal medication on alcohol withdrawal will help in treatment of alcohol induced neurological disorders.

Study Type : Animal Study

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