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Abstract Title:

Standardized Passiflora incarnata L. Extract Reverts the Analgesia Induced by Alcohol Withdrawal in Rats.

Abstract Source:

Phytother Res. 2017 Aug ;31(8):1199-1208. Epub 2017 Jun 1. PMID: 28568647

Abstract Author(s):

Rebeca Vargas Antunes Schunck, Isabel Cristina Macedo, Gabriela Laste, Andressa de Souza, Marina Tuerlinckx Costa Valle, Janaína L O Salomón, Ellen Almeida Nunes, Andreia Cristina Wildner Campos, Simone Cristina Baggio Gnoatto, Ana Maria Bergold, Eduardo L Konrath, Eliane Dallegrave, Marcelo Dutra Arbo, Iraci L S Torres, Mirna Bainy Leal

Article Affiliation:

Rebeca Vargas Antunes Schunck

Abstract:

Passiflora incarnata L. (Passifloraceae) has been traditionally used for treatment of anxiety, insomnia, drug addiction, mild infections, and pain. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a commercial extract of P. incarnata in the analgesia induced by alcohol withdrawal syndrome in rats. In addition, brain-derived neurotrophic factor and interleukin-10 levels were evaluated in prefrontal cortex, brainstem, and hippocampus. Male adult rats received by oral gavage: (1: water group) water for 19 days, 1 day interval and water (8 days); (2: P. incarnata group) water for 19 days, 1 day interval and P. incarnata 200 mg/kg (8 days); (3: alcohol withdrawal group) alcohol for 19 days, 1 day interval and water (8 days); and (4: P. incarnata in alcohol withdrawal) alcohol for 19 days, 1 day interval and P. incarnata 200 mg/kg (8 days). The tail-flick and hot plate tests were used as nociceptive response measures. Confirming previous study of our group, it was showed that alcohol-treated groups presented an increase in the nociceptive thresholds after alcohol withdrawal, which was reverted by P. incarnata, measured by the hot plate test. Besides, alcohol treatment increased brain-derived neurotrophic factor and interleukin-10 levels in prefrontal cortex, which was not reverted by P. incarnata. Considering these results, the P. incarnata treatment might be a potential therapy in the alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley&Sons, Ltd.

Study Type : Animal Study

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