Zeng 2019 Toxicol Rep

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Zeng R, Zhou Q, Zhang W, Fu X, Wu Q, Lu Y, Shi J, Zhou S (2019) Icariin-mediated activation of autophagy confers protective effect on rotenone induced neurotoxicity in vivo and in vitro. Toxicol Rep 6:637-44.

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Zeng R, Zhou Q, Zhang W, Fu X, Wu Q, Lu Y, Shi J, Zhou S (2019) Toxicol Rep

Abstract: Rotenone (ROT) is an environmental neurotoxin which has been demonstrated to cause characteristic loss of dopamine (DA) neurons in Parkinson's disease (PD). Icariin (ICA) is a flavonoid glucoside isolated from Herba Epimedii that has been shown to display neuroprotective functions. The present study evaluated protective effects of ICA on ROT-induced neurotoxicity and determined the modulation of ICA on the regulation of autophagy in vivo and in vitro. Rats were treated with ROT (1.0 mg/kg/day) with a co-administration of ICA (15 or 30 mg/kg/day) for 5 weeks. Immunohistochemical analysis showed a significant loss in DA neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) of rats treated with ROT, accompanied by an increase in the accumulation of α-synuclein and a compromised mitochondrial respiration. However, co-administration of ICA potently ameliorated the ROT-induced neuronal cell injury and improved mitochondrial function and decreased the accumulation of α-synuclein. ROT treatment resulted in a decrease in the protein expression of LC3-II and Beclin-1, and an increase in the protein level of P62, and upregulated the activation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), whereas ICA significantly reversed these aberrant changes caused by ROT. Furthermore, the neuroprotective effect of ICA was further verified in PC12 cells. Cells treated with ROT displayed an increased cytotoxicity and a decreased oxygen consumption which were rescued by the presence of ICA. Furthermore, ROT decreased the protein expression level of LC3-II, enhanced Beclin-1 expression, and activated phosphorylation of mTOR, whereas ICA markedly reversed this dysregulation of autophagy caused by ROT in the PC12 cells. Collectively, these results suggest that ICA mediated activation of autophagic flux confers a neuroprotective action on ROT-induced neurotoxicity.

Keywords: Autophagy, Bicinchoninic acid (BCA), Dopamine, Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM), Horseradish peroxidase, Icariin, Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), Mitochondrial function, Neurotoxicity, Oxygen consumption rate (OCR), Parkinson`s disease, Phosphatidylethano-lamine, Rotenone, Substantia nigra, Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) Bioblast editor: Plangger M


Labels: MiParea: Respiration, Pharmacology;toxicology 


Organism: Rat  Tissue;cell: Nervous system  Preparation: Isolated mitochondria, Intact cells 


Coupling state: OXPHOS  Pathway:HRR: Oxygraph-2k 

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