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Abstract Title:

Maternal Flavonoids Intake Reverts Depression-Like Behaviour in Rat Female Offspring.

Abstract Source:

Nutrients. 2019 Mar 7 ;11(3). Epub 2019 Mar 7. PMID: 30866491

Abstract Author(s):

Ana Laura de la Garza, Miguel A Garza-Cuellar, Ivan A Silva-Hernandez, Robbi E Cardenas-Perez, Luis A Reyes-Castro, Elena Zambrano, Brenda Gonzalez-Hernandez, Lourdes Garza-Ocañas, Lizeth Fuentes-Mera, Alberto Camacho

Article Affiliation:

Ana Laura de la Garza


Maternal hypercaloric exposure during pregnancy and lactation is a risk factor for developing diseases associated with inflammation such as obesity, diabetes and, neurological diseases in the offspring. Neuroinflammation might modulate neuronal activation and flavonoids are dietary compounds that have been proven to exert anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, the aim of the present study is to evaluate the effect of maternal supplementation with flavonoids (kaempferol-3--glucoside and narirutin) on the prevention of depression-like behaviour in the female offspring of dams fed with an obesogenic diet during the perinatal period. Maternal programming was induced by high fat (HFD), high sugar (HSD), or cafeteria diets exposure and depressive like-behaviour, referred to as swimming, climbing, and immobility events, was evaluated around postnatal day 56⁻60 before and after 30 mg/kg i.p. imipramine administration in the female offspring groups. Central inflammation was analyzed by measuring the TANK binding kinase 1 (TBK1) expression. We found that the offspring of mothers exposed to HSD programming failed to show the expected antidepressant effect of imipramine. Also, imipramine injection, to the offspring of mothers exposed to cafeteria diet, displayed a pro-depressive like-behaviour phenotype. However, dietary supplementation with flavonoids reverted the depression-like behaviour in the female offspring. Finally, we found that HSD programming increases the TBK1 inflammatory protein marker in the hippocampus. Our data suggest that maternal HSD programming disrupts the antidepressant effect of imipramine whereas cafeteria diet exposure leads to depressive-like behaviour in female offspring, which is reverted by maternal flavonoid supplementation.

Study Type : Animal Study

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