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  • 1 Iran University of Medical Science Department of Neurology P.O. BOX 14155-6183 Tehran Iran
  • | 2 Iran University of Medical Science Razi Institute for Drug Research P.O. BOX 14155-6183 Tehran Iran
  • | 3 Iran University of Medical Science Department of Pharmacology P.O. BOX 14155-6183 Tehran Iran
  • | 4 Razi Institute for Drug Research Iran University of Medical Sciences Department of Pharmacology Tehran Iran
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Berberine, an isoquinoline alkaloid extracted from medicinal herbs, has been used as antipyretic, antidiarrheal, bactericide and anti-inflammatory agent. In this study, berberine effects on neuronal damage have been examined. The right carotid artery of seven-day-old rat pups was ligated (ischemic insult), then berberine solution (0.2, 0.5, 1 or 2 mg/kg) was injected intra-peritoneally, and 30 minutes later pups were passed through hypoxic condition with breathing in air containing 10% oxygen and 90% nitrogen(hypoxic insult). The day after that the brains of pups were enucleated for pathologic assessment. Pathologic review of the samples obtained from rats treated with different doses of berberine in comparison with samples from pups treated by normal saline showed that there was a significant reduction of brain injury and edema in the rats treated with berberine. Our study also demonstrates that berberine reduces brain ischemic-hypoxic injury dose-dependently. Therefore, beberine may be considered as useful anti-stroke agent.

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Editor(s)-in-Chief: Rosivall, László

Honorary Editor(s)-in-Chief): Monos, Emil

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      Benedek, György (Szeged)
      Benyó, Zoltán (Budapest)
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      Chernoch, László (Debrecen)
      Détári, László (Budapest)
      Hamar, János (Budapest)
      Hantos, Zoltán (Szeged)
      Hunyady, László (Budapest)
      Imre, Sándor (Debrecen)
      Jancsó, Gábor (Szeged)
      Karádi, Zoltán (Pécs)
      Kovács, László (Debrecen)
      Palkovits, Miklós (Budapest)
      Papp, Gyula (Szeged)
      Pavlik, Gábor (Budapest)
      Spät, András (Budapest)
      Szabó, Gyula (Szeged)
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