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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-773592

ABSTRACT

The traditionally used oriental herbal medicine Moutan Cortex Radicis [MCR; Paeonia Suffruticosa Andrews (Paeoniaceae)] exerts anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and analgesic effects. In the present study, we investigated the therapeutic effects of differently fractioned MCR extracts in a 6-hydroxydopamine (OHDA)-induced Parkinson's disease model and neuro-blastoma B65 cells. Ethanol-extracted MCR was fractionated by n-hexane, butanol, and distilled water. Adult Sprague-Dawley rats were treated first with 20 μg of 6-OHDA, followed by three MCR extract fractions (100 or 200 mg·kg) for 14 consecutive days. In the behavioral rotation experiment, the MCR extract-treated groups showed significantly decreased number of net turns compared with the 6-OHDA control group. The three fractions also significantly inhibited the reduction in tyrosine hydroxylase-positive cells in the substantia nigra pars compacta following 6-OHDA neurotoxicity. Western blotting analysis revealed significantly reduced tyrosine hydroxylase expression in the substantia nigra pars compacta in the 6-OHDA-treated group, which was significantly inhibited by the n-hexane or distilled water fractions of MCR. B65 cells were exposed to the extract fractions for 24 h prior to addition of 6-OHDA for 30 min; treatment with n-hexane or distilled water fractions of MCR reduced apoptotic cell death induced by 6-OHDA neurotoxicity and inhibited nitric oxide production and neuronal nitric oxide synthase expression. These results showed that n-hexane- and distilled water-fractioned MCR extracts inhibited 6-OHDA-induced neurotoxicity by suppressing nitric oxide production and neuronal nitric oxide synthase activity, suggesting that MCR extracts could serve as a novel candidate treatment for the patients with Parkinson's disease.


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Animals , Anti-Inflammatory Agents , Pharmacology , Therapeutic Uses , Antiparkinson Agents , Pharmacology , Therapeutic Uses , Cell Death , Cell Line , Disease Models, Animal , Drugs, Chinese Herbal , Chemistry , Neurons , Pathology , Nitric Oxide , Nitric Oxide Synthase Type I , Oxidopamine , Toxicity , Paeonia , Chemistry , Parkinsonian Disorders , Drug Therapy , Phytotherapy , Plant Extracts , Pharmacology , Therapeutic Uses , Plants, Medicinal , Rats , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Substantia Nigra , Tyrosine 3-Monooxygenase , Genetics , Metabolism
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-812381

ABSTRACT

The traditionally used oriental herbal medicine Moutan Cortex Radicis [MCR; Paeonia Suffruticosa Andrews (Paeoniaceae)] exerts anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and analgesic effects. In the present study, we investigated the therapeutic effects of differently fractioned MCR extracts in a 6-hydroxydopamine (OHDA)-induced Parkinson's disease model and neuro-blastoma B65 cells. Ethanol-extracted MCR was fractionated by n-hexane, butanol, and distilled water. Adult Sprague-Dawley rats were treated first with 20 μg of 6-OHDA, followed by three MCR extract fractions (100 or 200 mg·kg) for 14 consecutive days. In the behavioral rotation experiment, the MCR extract-treated groups showed significantly decreased number of net turns compared with the 6-OHDA control group. The three fractions also significantly inhibited the reduction in tyrosine hydroxylase-positive cells in the substantia nigra pars compacta following 6-OHDA neurotoxicity. Western blotting analysis revealed significantly reduced tyrosine hydroxylase expression in the substantia nigra pars compacta in the 6-OHDA-treated group, which was significantly inhibited by the n-hexane or distilled water fractions of MCR. B65 cells were exposed to the extract fractions for 24 h prior to addition of 6-OHDA for 30 min; treatment with n-hexane or distilled water fractions of MCR reduced apoptotic cell death induced by 6-OHDA neurotoxicity and inhibited nitric oxide production and neuronal nitric oxide synthase expression. These results showed that n-hexane- and distilled water-fractioned MCR extracts inhibited 6-OHDA-induced neurotoxicity by suppressing nitric oxide production and neuronal nitric oxide synthase activity, suggesting that MCR extracts could serve as a novel candidate treatment for the patients with Parkinson's disease.


Subject(s)
Animals , Anti-Inflammatory Agents , Pharmacology , Therapeutic Uses , Antiparkinson Agents , Pharmacology , Therapeutic Uses , Cell Death , Cell Line , Disease Models, Animal , Drugs, Chinese Herbal , Chemistry , Neurons , Pathology , Nitric Oxide , Nitric Oxide Synthase Type I , Oxidopamine , Toxicity , Paeonia , Chemistry , Parkinsonian Disorders , Drug Therapy , Phytotherapy , Plant Extracts , Pharmacology , Therapeutic Uses , Plants, Medicinal , Rats , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Substantia Nigra , Tyrosine 3-Monooxygenase , Genetics , Metabolism
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Journal of Integrative Medicine ; (12): 380-390, 2015.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-317060

ABSTRACT

<p><b>BACKGROUND</b>In patients with depression, as well as in patients with schizophrenia, both mood and working memory performance are often impaired. Both issues can only be addressed and improved with medication to some extent.</p><p><b>OBJECTIVE</b>This study investigates the mood and the working memory performance in patients with depression or schizophrenia and whether acupuncture can improve these.</p><p><b>DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND INTERVENTIONS</b>A pragmatic clinical trial design was used. The study was conducted in a psychiatric clinic. Fifty patients with depression and 50 with schizophrenia were randomly divided into an experimental and a waiting-list group. Additionally, 25 healthy control participants were included. Twelve weeks of individualized acupuncture treatment was used as the clinical intervention.</p><p><b>MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES</b>All patients were tested before (T1) and after (T2) acupuncture treatment on a mood scale (Beck Depression Inventory-II, BDI-II), a simple working memory task (digit span), and a complex working memory task (letter-number sequencing); the healthy controls were tested at T1 only.</p><p><b>RESULTS</b>Patients with depression scored worse than the others on the BDI-II, and patients with schizophrenia scored worse than the healthy controls. On the digit span, patients with schizophrenia did not differ from healthy controls whereas they scored worse of all on the letter-number sequencing. With respect to the acupuncture findings, first, the present study showed that the use of acupuncture to treat patients with schizophrenia was both practical and safe. Moreover, acupuncture had a positive effect on the BDI-II for the depression group, but acupuncture had no effect on the digit span and on the letter-number sequencing performance for the two clinical groups.</p><p><b>CONCLUSION</b>The clinical improvement in patients with depression after acupuncture treatment was not accompanied by any significant change in a simple working memory task or in a more complex working memory task; the same was true for the patients with schizophrenia.</p><p><b>TRIAL REGISTRATION</b>Dutch Trial Register NTR3132.</p>


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Acupuncture Therapy , Adult , Affect , Depression , Therapeutics , Female , Humans , Male , Memory, Short-Term , Middle Aged , Schizophrenia , Therapeutics
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