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Title: Gabapentin attenuates acute hypoxic stress–induced behavioral alterations and oxidative damage in mice: Possible involvement of GABAergic mechanism
Authors: Kumar, Anil
Goyal, Richa
Keywords: Anxiety
Gabapentin
Hypoxic stress
Lipid peroxidation
Locomotor activity
Muscimol
Picrotoxin
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The effect of gabapentin has been investigated on acute hypoxic stress-induced behavioral alterations and oxidative damage in mice. Mice were subjected to hypoxia for 2 hr. Treatment with gabapentin (50 and 100 mg/kg) significantly increased ambulatory movements, exerted anti-anxiety like effect and reduced oxidative damage in mice subjected to acute hypoxic stress. Treatment with picrotoxin (1.0 mg/kg) per se had no significant effect on behavioral and biochemical parameters of stressed mice. Treatment with muscimol (0.05 mg/kg) per se significantly increased the locomotor activity of stressed mice, exerted significant anti anxiety effect and significantly reduced the oxidative damage. Further, pretreatment with picrotoxin (1.0 mg/kg) significantly blocked whereas pretreatment with muscimol (0.05 mg/kg) significantly potentiated the neuroprotective effect of gabapentin. These results suggest that gabapentin produces its neuroprotective effect in mice subjected to acute hypoxic stress through GABAA receptor mechanism.
Page(s): 159-163
ISSN: 0019-5189
Source:IJEB Vol.46(03) [March 2008]

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