Biomedical and environmental sciences : BES

The effect of 2,5-hexanedione on myelin protein zero expression, and its mitigation using Ginkgo biloba extract.

PMID 22108326


To investigate the role of myelin protein zero (P(0)) in 2,5-hexanedione (2,5-HD)-induced peripheral nerve injury, and the protective effect of Ginkgo biloba extract (Egb761) on 2,5-HD-induced toxic peripheral neuropathy. After 4 weeks of treatment with 2,5-HD at different doses (50, 100, 200, 400 mg/kg) in rats, changes in the levels of P(0) in rat sciatic nerves was investigated, and the effect of Egb761 on 2,5-HD-induced toxic peripheral neuropathy was studied. The blood-nerve barrier (BNB) permeability of the sciatic nerve increased, and the expression of P(0) mRNA and P(0) protein decreased in a dose-dependent manner after treatment with 2,5-HD for 4 weeks. Pretreatment with Egb761 protected against BNB interruption, and inhibited P(0) mRNA and protein reduction during 2,5-HD treatment. Pretreatment with Egb761 significantly reduced loss of body weight (P<0.01) and mitigated gait abnormalities (2.85±0.22) induced by 400 mg/kg 2,5-HD (P<0.01). It also reduced the signs of neurotoxicity induced by 2,5-HD. 2,5-HD inhibited the expression of P(0) in a dose-dependent manner, and this may be an important mechanism by which toxic peripheral neuropathy is induced by 2,5-HD. Egb761 has a protective effect against 2,5-HD-induced peripheral neurotoxicity in rats.

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