Selegiline potentiates the effects of EGb 761 in response to ischemic brain injury

Y. S. Kwon, H. S. Ann, T. Nabeshima, E. J. Shin, W. K. Kim, J. H. Jhoo, W. K. Jhoo, M. B. Wie, Y. S. Kim, K. J. Jang, H. C. Kim

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We evaluated whether combined treatment with selegiline, a selective MAO-B inhibitor, and EGb 761, a standard extract of Ginkgo biloba, has synergistic effects against ischemic reperfusion injury (IRI) in gerbils. Interestingly, we observed that pretreatment with EGb 761 significantly attenuated selegiline-induced hyperactivity. This finding paralleled striatal fos-related antigen immunoreactivity (FRA-IR) in mice. Four minutes of bilateral carotid artery occlusion caused substantial cell loss in the CA1 of the hippocampus 5 days post-ischemic insult. Pretreatment with EGb 761, with or without selegiline, significantly attenuated this neuronal loss. Combined treatment with EGb 761 plus selegiline was more efficacious in preventing this loss. Synaptosomal formations of protein carbonyl, lipid peroxidation (malondialdehyde (MDA) + 4-hydroxyalkenal (4-HDA)), and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the hippocampus remained elevated 5 days post-ischemic insult. The antioxidant effects appeared to be most significant in the group treated with EGb 761 plus selegiline. This combined treatment produced more significant attenuation of IRI-induced alterations in intramitochondrial calcium accumulation, the mitochondrial transmembrane potential, and mitochondrial Mn-superoxide dismutase-like immunoreactivity (Mn-SOD-IR) than either treatment alone. Our results suggest that co-administration of EGb 761 and selegiline produces significant neuroprotective effects via suppression of oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction without affecting neurological function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-170
Number of pages14
JournalNeurochemistry International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jul
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant of the Korea Health 21 R&D Project (02-PJ10-PG6-AG01-0003), Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea.

Copyright 2008 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Antioxidant and neuroprotective effects
  • Behavioral effects
  • EGb 761
  • Gerbil
  • Ischemic reperfusion injury
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Selegiline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cell Biology


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