Anticonvulsant screening of luteolin in four mouse seizure models

Mohmad Farooq Shaikh, Kah Ni Tan, Karin Borges

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    Luteolin, a common plant polyphenolic flavonoid, has antioxidant, neuroprotective, anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory properties, which led us to hypothesize that luteolin is anticonvulsant. Here, we evaluated the effects of acute and chronic luteolin injection (i.p.) in four mouse seizure models, the 6. Hz model, maximal electroshock test (MEST), pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) and second hit PTZ test in the chronic stage of the pilocarpine model. Using real-time PCR mRNA levels of toll like receptor 4 (Tlr4), were quantified in the pilocarpine model, because luteolin has been shown to block the downstream signaling of TLR4. Luteolin did not exhibit any consistent anti- or pro-convulsant actions after single dosing in the 6. Hz (0.3-10. mg/kg), MEST (0.3-20. mg/kg) and PTZ (3. mg/kg) tests, nor after repeated daily dosing (10. mg/kg) in the 6. Hz model. Tlr4 mRNA levels were upregulated 3 days after pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE), but unaltered at three weeks in the chronic stage of the model. At that time, there was no effect of repeated luteolin injections (10. mg/kg, i.p.) in the second hit PTZ test, indicating that TLR-4 signaling may be not one of the main players determining the seizure threshold in this seizure model. In summary, we found no indications that luteolin is pro- or anti-convulsant in one chronic and three acute mouse seizure models.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)195 - 199
    Number of pages5
    JournalNeuroscience Letters
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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