Abstract Title:

Naringenin attenuates behavioral derangements induced by social defeat stress in mice via inhibition of acetylcholinesterase activity, oxidative stress and release of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Abstract Source:

Biomed Pharmacother. 2018 Sep ;105:714-723. Epub 2018 Jun 12. PMID: 29906750

Abstract Author(s):

Solomon Umukoro, Hassanat Adeola Kalejaye, Benneth Ben-Azu, Abayomi M Ajayi

Article Affiliation:

Solomon Umukoro


The effects of naringenin; a dietary flavonoid, with potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities on social defeat stress (SDS)-induced neurobehavioral and biochemical changes were evaluated in mice using resident-intruder paradigm. The intruder male mice were distributed into 6 groups (n = 6). Mice in group 1 (control) received vehicle (3% DMSO, i.p), group 2 (SDS-control) were also given vehicle, groups 3-5 received naringenin (10, 25 and 50 mg/kg, i.p.) while group 6 had ginseng (50 mg/kg, i.p) daily for 14 days. However, 30 min after treatment on day 7, mice in groups2-6 were exposed to SDS for a period of 10 min confrontation with aggressive counterparts for 7 consecutive days. Neurobehavioral phenotypes: spontaneous motor activity (SMA), memory, anxiety and depression were then evaluated on day 14. Malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione (GSH), catalase and superoxide dismutase (SOD) were then estimated in the brain tissues. Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity and the concentrations of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) were also determined. SDS-induced neurobehavioral deficits were significantly (p < 0.05) attenuated by naringenin. The increased brain level of MDA (13.00 ± 0.63 μmol/g tissue) relative to vehicle-control (6.50 ± 0.43 μmol/g tissue) was significantly (p < 0.05) reduced to 5.50 ± 0.22 μmol/g tissue by naringenin (50 mg/kg). Mice exposed to SDS had decreased brain GSH level (5.17 ± 0.40 μmol/g tissue) relative to control (11.67 ± 0.84 μmol/g tissue). However, naringenin (50 mg/kg) significantly (p < 0.05) elevated GSH content (13.33 ± 0.88 μmol/g tissue) in the brains of SDS-mice. Moreover, 50 mg/Kg of naringenin (38.13 ± 2.38 ρg/mL) attenuated (p < 0.05) increased TNF-α level when compared with SDS (49.69 ± 2.81 ρg/mL). SDS-induced increase in brain level of IL-1β (236.5 ± 6.92 ρg/mL) was significantly (p < 0.05) reduced by naringenin (219.90 ± 15.25 ρg/mL). Naringenin also elevated antioxidant enzymes and decreased AChE activity in the brains of mice exposed to SDS (p < 0.05). These findings suggest that naringenin attenuates SDS-induced neurobehavioral deficits through inhibition of acetylcholinesterase activity, oxidative stress and release of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Study Type : Animal Study

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