The effects of crocin on spatial memory impairment induced by hyoscine: Role of NMDA, AMPA, ERK, and CaMKII proteins in rat hippocampus

Adabizadeh, Maliheh and Mehri, Soghra and Rajabpour, Mahshid and Abnous, Khalil and Rashedinia, Marzieh and Hosseinzadeh, Hossein (2019) The effects of crocin on spatial memory impairment induced by hyoscine: Role of NMDA, AMPA, ERK, and CaMKII proteins in rat hippocampus. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, 22 (6). pp. 601-609.

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Objective(s): Crocus sativus L. and its active constituent, crocin, have neuroprotective effects. The effects of crocin on memory impairment have been mentioned in studies but the signaling pathways have not been evaluated. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of crocin on the hyoscine-induced memory impairment in rat. Additionally, the level of NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors), AMPA (α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole-propionicd acid), ERK (extracellular signal-regulated kinases), CaMKII (calcium (Ca2+)/calmodulin (CaM)-dependent kinaseII) mRNA and proteins were determined in rat hippocampus. Materials and Methods: Crocin (10, 20, and 40 mg/kg), hyoscine (1.5 mg/kg), normal saline and rivastigmine were administered intraperitoneally to male Wistar rats for 5 days. The effects on memory improvement were studied using Morris water maze (MWM) test. Then, the protein levels of NMDA, AMPA, ERK, pERK, CaMKII and p.CaMKII in hippocampus were analized using the Western blot test. Furthermore, the mRNA levels of NMDA, AMPA, ERK and pCaMKII genes were evaluated using real-time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT- PCR) method. Results: Aadminestration of crocin (20 mg/kg) and rivastigmine significantly improved learning and memory impairment induced by hyoscine. Also, administration of hyoscine reduced protein level of pERK, while treatment with crocin (20 mg/kg) recovered the protein level. No changes were observed in the protein levels and mRNA gene expression of NMDA, AMPA, ERK, CaMKII and pCaMKII following adminestration of hyoscine or crocin. Conclusion: Adminestration of crocin improved memory and learning. The effect of crocin in this model can be mediated by alteration in pERK protein level in rat hippocampus.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QV pharmacology
Divisions: Journals > Iranian J Basic Medical Sciences
Depositing User: ijbms ijbms
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2019 06:00
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2019 06:00

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