Abstract Title:

Thymoquinone administration ameliorates Alzheimer's disease-like phenotype by promoting cell survival in the hippocampus of amyloid betainfused rat model.

Abstract Source:

Phytomedicine. 2020 Sep 1 ;79:153324. Epub 2020 Sep 1. PMID: 32920292

Abstract Author(s):

Birsen Elibol, Merve Beker, Sule Terzioglu-Usak, Tugce Dalli, Ulkan Kilic

Article Affiliation:

Birsen Elibol


BACKGROUND: Thymoquinone (TQ), a biologically active ingredient of Nigella sativa, has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and neuroprotective properties. Therefore, it could be a good candidate in the recovery of Alzheimer`s disease (AD) pathology rather than current symptomatic reliefs.

PURPOSE: In the present study, we examined the molecular healing effects of TQ in amyloid beta 1-42 (Aβ) peptide-infused AD rat hippocampus.

STUDY DESIGN: A micro-osmotic pump containing aggregated Aβwas cannulated into the hippocampus of adult female rats. After two weeks infusion, the dose of TQ (10 mg/kg or 20 mg/kg) was determined according to the HPLC results of cerebrospinal fluid and TQ was given to rats intragastrically for 15 days.

METHODS: The memory performance of rats was determined by Morris water maze test. Afterwards, the acetylcholinesterase (AChE) level were measured by ELISA. Histopathological examinations of hippocampal tissue were performed for cell survival by Nissl staining, for detection of amyloid plaque deposits by Congo red staining and for determination of degenerating neurons by Fluoro Jade C staining. MicroRNA/mRNA levels and protein expressions of AD-related genes and proteins were analyzed by Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction and Western Blotting, respectively.

RESULTS: Administration of TQ enhanced the memory performance of Aβinfused rats and it also ameliorated the neuronal loss in the cornu ammonis (CA1), but not in the dentate gyrus (DG). In addition, TQ treatment decreased the fibril deposition whose accumulation was significantly higher in the Aβ-infused animals compared to that of the control group. The expression profiles of mir29c and Bax which significantly upregulated in the Aβ-infused animals were attenuated by TQ. Furthermore, administration of TQ decreased the expressions of Aβ, phosphorylated-tau, and BACE-1 proteins. There was no significant therapeutic effect of TQ on the AKT/GSK3β or MAPK signaling pathways which were affected due to Aβinfusion.

CONCLUSION: TQ has the capacity to recover the neuropathology by removing Aβ plaques and by restoring neuron viability. All might have established the molecular basement of the consolidation in the memory observed by means of TQ treatment.

Study Type : Animal Study

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