Neuroprotective potential of atorvastatin and simvastatin (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) against 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) induced Parkinson-like symptoms

Anil Kumar, Neha Sharma, Amit Gupta, Harikesh Kalonia, Jitendriya Mishra
Brain Research 2012 August 30, 1471: 13-22
Neuro-inflammation and oxidative stress plays a key role in the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease (PD). Studies demonstrated that neuro-inflammation and associated infiltration of inflammatory cells into central nervous system are inhibited by 3-hydroxy-3-methyl glutaryl co-enzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors. Based on these experimental evidences, the present study has been designed to evaluate the neuroprotective effect of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (atorvastatin and simvastatin) against 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) induced unilateral lesion model of PD. In the present study, the animals were divided into nine groups (n=15 per group). Group I: Naive (without treatment); Group II: Sham (surgery performed, vehicle administered); Group III: Atorvastatin (20mg/kg); Group IV: Simvastatin (30 mg/kg); Group V: Control [Intrastriatal 6-OHDA (20 μg; single unilateral injection)]; Groups VI and VII: 6-OHDA (20 μg)+atorvastatin (10mg/kg and 20mg/kg) respectively; Groups VIII and IX: 6-OHDA (20 μg)+simvastatin (15 mg/kg and 30 mg/kg) respectively. Intrastriatal administration of 6-OHDA (20 μg; 4 μl of 5 μg/μl) significantly caused impairment in body weight, locomotor activity, rota-rod performance, oxidative defense and mitochondrial enzyme complex activity, and increase in the inflammatory cytokine levels (TNF-α and IL-6) as compared to naive animals. Atorvastatin (20mg/kg) and simvastatin (30 mg/kg) drug treatment significantly improved these behavioral and biochemical alterations restored mitochondrial enzyme complex activities and attenuated neuroinflammatory markers in 6-OHDA (20 μg) treated animals as compared to control group. The findings of the present study demonstrate the neuroprotective potential of statins in experimental model of 6-OHDA induced Parkinson like symptoms.

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