n/a
Abstract Title:

Antidepressant-like effects of ginsenoside Rg2 in a chronic mild stress model of depression.

Abstract Source:

Brain Res Bull. 2017 Aug 22. Epub 2017 Aug 22. PMID: 28842305

Abstract Author(s):

Ying Ren, Jin-Liang Wang, Xiang Zhang, Hao Wang, Ying Ye, Lu Song, Ying-Jie Wang, Meng-Jue Tu, Wei-Wei Wang, Lan Yang, Bo Jiang

Article Affiliation:

Ying Ren

Abstract:

Major depression is a common neuropsychiatric disease with high lifetime prevalence and high incidence of suicide. This study aimed to evaluate the antidepressant effects of ginsenoside Rg2 in mice, and the possible mechanism was also determined. A single injection of both Rg2 (10 and 20mg/kg) and fluoxetine (positive control, 20mg/kg) induced notable antidepressant-like effects in the forced swim test and tail suspension test without affecting the locomotor activity of mice, and the tests were done 30min after the injection. Also, repeated daily treatment of Rg2 and fluoxetine for the last 2 weeks fully reversed the chronic mild stress (6 weeks)-induced depressive-like symptoms in mice. Moreover, western blot analysis showed that Rg2 administration significantly increased the BDNF signaling pathway in hippocampus. Importantly, the usage of TrkB shRNA fully blocked the antidepressant effects of Rg2 in mice. Collectively, these results suggest that Rg2 produces an antidepressant-like effect in mice which is mediated, at least in part, through promoting the hippocampal BDNF signaling pathway.

Study Type : Animal Study

Print Options


Key Research Topics

Sayer Ji
Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Subscribe to our informative Newsletter & get Nature's Evidence-Based Pharmacy

Our newsletter serves 500,000 with essential news, research & healthy tips, daily.

Download Now

500+ pages of Natural Medicine Alternatives and Information.

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

© Copyright 2008-2020 GreenMedInfo.com, Journal Articles copyright of original owners, MeSH copyright NLM.