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Influence of glutathione reductase on diquat neurotoxcity assessed by oxidative/nitrosative stress in the cortex of intrastriatally treated rats

Author(s): Đukić Mirjana | Jovanović Marina | Ninković Milica | Stevanović Ivana | Đurđević D. | Vasić Una

Journal: Acta Veterinaria
ISSN 0567-8315

Volume: 62;
Issue: 5-6;
Start page: 553;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: diquat | free radicals | glutathione reductase | lipid peroxidation | neurotoxicity | nitrosative stress | oxidative stress

In this study we examined if the response of the cortex against diquat (DQ), intrastriatally (i.s.) applied to Wistar rats, was mediated by oxidative/nitrosative stress (OS/NS). In particular, we were focused on the glutathione (GSH) antioxidative role, thus we applied i.s. glutathione reductase (GR) in the pre-treatment of DQ administration. Superoxide anion radical (O2 •-), nitrate (NO3 -), malondialdehyde (MDA) and superoxide dismutase (SOD), were measured in ipsi- and contra- lateral sides of the cortex, at 30 minutes, 24 hours and 7 days post treatment. The redox balance was not significantly changed in the cortex of sham operated and intact groups. Also, no differences were observed between the ipsi- and contra- lateral side of the cortex. Lethargy and mortality (30-40%) of the animals in the DQ group within 24 hrs, coincided with rapidly developed lipid peroxidation supported by OS/NS upon i.s. DQ administration. Strong redox potential of DQ probably resulted in a huge deprivation of molecular oxygen. The pretreatment with GR acted neuro-protectively, based on animal survival and absence of lethargy, although, lipid peroxidation was not developed in the GR+DQ group, OS was documented by a high concentration of O2 •- (within 24 hrs), descending and eventually inhibiting SOD activity (at 7 days). [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III41018]
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