Determination of dopamine and its relativity of baicalin in rat nuclei after intravenous administration of flavonoids from Scutellariae radix.
ABSTRACT Baicalin is an active component of Scutellariae radix extracts. It can cross the blood-brain barrier and distribute in cerebral nuclei. However, its mechanism and the effects on the nuclei where it accumulates remain unclear. We used an HPLC-electrochemical detection method to determine the dopamine in cerebral nuclei after intravenous administration of flavonoids from Scutellariae radix and analyzed the relativity between baicalin and DA in cerebral nuclei. We found that the dopamine system is another target system of brain function which baicalin acts on.
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ABSTRACT: A series of animal models are used to investigate the anti-depression mechanism of flavonoids in scutellariae radix (SR) in vivo. Depression-like behavior in mice was studied after intraperitoneal administration of SR. The results showed that SR administered to mice by the intraperitoneal route obviously shortened the duration in the tail suspension test and the forced swimming test, aggravated the symptoms of eyelid ptosis, akinesia, and mortality caused by reserpine, prolonged climbing times, affected the conditioned place preference, and increased sugar consumption in mice. However the SR did not affect the head twitches induced by 5-HTP, locomotor activity in mice, the toxicity of yohimbine, and the body temperature decrease caused by high dosage of apomorphine. The tests show that SR has some anti-depression effect related to the dopamine system. Furthermore another anti-depression mechanism was possible that could affect the mechanism of brain reward, bring positive reinforcement, and increase the sensitivity to euphoria in mice.Tsinghua Science & Technology 08/2010;
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ABSTRACT: This work is to study the baicalin and its three analogs, baicalin, wogonoside, and wogonin, on the protective effect of neuron from oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) and toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) expression in OGD damage. The results showed that baicalin and its three analogs did protect neurons from OGD damage and downregulated protein level of TLR2. D-Glucopyranosiduronic acid on site 7 in the structure played a core of cytotoxicity of these flavonoid analogs. The methoxyl group on carbon 8 of the structure had the relation with TLR2 protein expression, as well as the anti-inflammation. In addition, we detected caspase3 and antioxidation capability, to investigate the effect of four analogs on cell apoptosis and total antioxidation competence in OGD model.BioMed Research International 01/2012; 2012:267890. · 2.71 Impact Factor
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