Polysaccharides from Angelica sinensis alleviate oxidative damage to neurons
In a preliminary experiment from Dr. Tao Lei and colleagues from Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in China, Angelica sinensis polysaccharides not only protected PC12 neuronal cells from H2O2-induced cytotoxicity, but also reduced apoptosis and intracellular reactive oxygen species levels, and increased the mitochondrial membrane potential induced by H2O2 treatment. In a rat model of local cerebral ischemia, they further demonstrated that Angelica sinensis polysaccharides enhanced the antioxidant activity in cerebral cortical neurons, increased the number of microvessels, and improved blood flow after ischemia.
Their findings, published in the Neural Regeneration Research (Vol. 9, No. 3, 2014), highlight the protective role of polysaccharides isolated from Angelica sinensis against nerve cell injury and impairment caused by oxidative stress.
Lei T, Li HF, Fang Z, Lin JB, Wang SS, Xiao LY, Yang F, Liu X, Zhang JJ, Huang ZB, Liao WJ. Polysaccharides from Angelica sinensis alleviate neuronal cell injury caused by oxidative stress. Neural Regen Res. 2014;9(3):260-267.
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