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The antiepileptic effect of Centella asiatica on the activities of Na + /K + , Mg 2+ and Ca 2+ -ATPases in rat brain during pentylenetetrazol-induced epilepsy

Author(s): Visweswari G | Siva Prasad K | Lokanatha V | Rajendra W

Journal: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
ISSN 0253-7613

Volume: 42;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 82;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Anticonvulsant effect | ATPases | Centella asiatica | epilepsy | pentylenetetrazol

Background: To study the anticonvulsant effect of different extracts of Centella asiatica (CA) in male albino rats with reference to Na + /K + , Mg 2+ and Ca 2+ -ATPase activities. Materials and Methods: Male Wistar rats (150±25 g b.w.) were divided into seven groups of six each i.e. (a) control rats treated with saline, (b) pentylenetetrazol (PTZ)-induced epileptic group (60 mg/kg, i.p.), (c) epileptic group pretreated with n-hexane extract (n-HE), (d) epileptic group pretreated with chloroform extract (CE), (e) epileptic group pretreated with ethyl acetate extract (EAE), (f) epileptic group pretreated with n-butanol extract (n-BE), and (g) epileptic group pretreated with aqueous extract (AE). Results: The activities of three ATPases were decreased in different regions of brain during PTZ-induced epilepsy and were increased in epileptic rats pretreated with different extracts of CA except AE. Conclusion: The extracts of C. asiatica, except AE, possess anticonvulsant and neuroprotective activity and thus can be used for effective management in treatment of epileptic seizures.
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