Metabolic Brain Disease

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 1237–1246 | Cite as

The antioxidant effect of astaxanthin is higher in young mice than aged: a region specific study on brain

  • Md. Mamun Al-Amin
  • Samiha Akhter
  • Ahmed Tasdid Hasan
  • Tanzir Alam
  • S. M. Nageeb Hasan
  • A. R. M. Saifullah
  • Mohammad Shohel
Research Article


Astaxanthin is a potential antioxidant which shows neuroprotective property. We aimed to investigate the age-dependent and region-specific antioxidant effects of astaxanthin in mice brain. Animals were divided into 4 groups; treatment young (3 months, n = 6) (AY), treatment old (16 months, n = 6) (AO), placebo young (3 months, n = 6) (PY) and placebo old (16 months, n = 6) (PO) groups. Treatment group was given astaxanthin (2 mg/kg/day, body weight), and placebo group was given 100 μl of 0.9 % normal saline orally to the healthy Swiss albino mice for 4 weeks. The level of non-enzymatic oxidative markers namely malondialdehyde (MDA); nitric oxide (NO); advanced protein oxidation product (APOP); glutathione (GSH) and the activity of enzymatic antioxidants i.e.; catalase (CAT) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) were determined from the isolated brain regions. Treatment with astaxanthin significantly (p < 0.05) reduces the level of MDA, APOP, NO in the cortex, striatum, hypothalamus, hippocampus and cerebellum in both age groups. Astaxanthin markedly (p < 0.05) enhances the activity of CAT and SOD enzymes while improves the level of GSH in the brain. Overall, improvement of oxidative markers was significantly greater in the young group than the aged animal. In conclusion, we report that the activity of astaxanthin is age-dependent, higher in young in compared to the aged brain.


Astaxanthin Antioxidant Aging Brain 


Conflict of interest

There are no conflicts of interests with other organizations. No fund was received or no funding organization was involved in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Md. Mamun Al-Amin
    • 1
  • Samiha Akhter
    • 1
  • Ahmed Tasdid Hasan
    • 1
  • Tanzir Alam
    • 1
  • S. M. Nageeb Hasan
    • 1
  • A. R. M. Saifullah
    • 1
  • Mohammad Shohel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesNorth South UniversityBashundharaBangladesh

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