Effects of Nigella sativa on Plasma Oxidative Stress, and Some Apoptotic Protein Markers in Cerebrum and Hippocampus in Pentylenetetrazol Induced-Kindling Rats

Koçyiğit A.

European Journal of Biology, vol.79, no.2, pp.124-131, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 79 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Name: European Journal of Biology
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.124-131
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: Yes



Objective: This study was designed for investigating the effectiveness of the Nigella sativa (N. sativa) extract on apoptosis in

cerebrum and hippocampus and also plasma oxidative stress, in pentylenetetrazol (PTZ)-induced kindling rats.

Materials and Methods: The kindling model was induced by subconvulsive doses (35 mg/kg i.p.) of intraperitoneal PTZ

injections in N. sativa treated and non-treated PTZ groups (PTZ and PTZ + NS). The PTZ + NS group were also treated with an

extract of N. sativa (10 mg/kg) 2 h before each PTZ injection. The total oxidant and antioxidant status, oxidative stress index,

paraoxonase, arylesterase, catalase (CAT) and total thiol levels were analyzed in plasma. Brain derived neurotrophic factor

(BDNF), cyclin-B1 and B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) expressions were investigated in the cerebrum and hippocampus.

Results: PTZ decreased the oxidative stress by increasing the activities of CAT, arylesterase, and paraoxonase. N. sativa

decreased activities of arylesterase, paraoxonase, while increasing the CAT. It also brought the decreased BDNF and Bcl-2

expression levels to their normal levels in the cerebrum but not in the hippocampus.

Conclusion: N. sativa treatment improved the PTZ induced-impairments in BDNF and Bcl-2 expressions, resulting in a

neuronal apoptosis in the cerebrum, without affecting blood oxidative stress.

Keywords: Apoptosis, epilepsy, cerebrum, hippocampus, N. sativa, oxidative stress