Neurochemical Research

, Volume 37, Issue 12, pp 2826–2835 | Cite as

Catuaba (Trichilia catigua) Prevents Against Oxidative Damage Induced by In Vitro Ischemia–Reperfusion in Rat Hippocampal Slices

  • Jean Paul Kamdem
  • Emily Pansera Waczuk
  • Ige Joseph Kade
  • Caroline Wagner
  • Aline Augusti Boligon
  • Margareth Linde Athayde
  • Diogo Onofre Souza
  • João Batista Teixeira RochaEmail author
Original Paper


Oxidative stress is implicated in brain damage associated with ischemia–reperfusion. Natural antioxidants found in some plants used in folk medicine have been indicated as potential neuroprotective agents. Here we investigated whether Trichilia catigua, a traditional Brazilian herbal medicine alleged to exhibit a variety of neuropharmacological properties (antidepressant, anti-neurasthenic, anti-inflammatory etc.), could have neuroprotective properties in rat hippocampal slices subjected to 2 h oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) followed by 1 h reperfusion. Ischemia–reperfusion (I/R) significantly decreased mitochondrial viability, increased dichlorofluorescein oxidation above control both in the incubation medium and slices homogenates, increased lactate dehydrogenase into the incubation medium and decreased non-protein thiols. T. catigua (40–100 μg/mL) protected slices from the deleterious effects of OGD when present before OGD and during the reperfusion periods. Oxidative stress in the medium was also determined under different conditions and the results demonstrated that T. catigua could not protect slices from I/R when it was added to the medium after ischemic insult. Although the translation to a real in vivo situation of I/R is difficult to be done, the results indicated that T. catigua should be used as preventive and not as a curative agent against brain damage.


Trichilia catigua Hippocampus Neuroprotection Antioxidant Oxidative stress 



JPK would like to thanks specially CNPq-TWAS for financial support. JPK is a beneficiary of the TWAS-CNPq postgraduate (Doctoral) fellowship. Work supported by CNPq, CAPES, FAPERGS, FAPERGS-PRONEX-CNPq, VITAE Fundation, Rede Brasileira de Neurociências (IBNET-FINEP), FINEP-CTINFRA and INCT for excitotoxicity and neuroprotection-CNPQ.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest with any person or other organization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Paul Kamdem
    • 1
    • 5
  • Emily Pansera Waczuk
    • 6
  • Ige Joseph Kade
    • 1
    • 2
  • Caroline Wagner
    • 3
  • Aline Augusti Boligon
    • 4
  • Margareth Linde Athayde
    • 4
  • Diogo Onofre Souza
    • 5
  • João Batista Teixeira Rocha
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departamento de Química, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Bioquímica ToxicológicaUniversidade Federal de Santa MariaSanta MariaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryFederal University of TechnologyAkureNigeria
  3. 3.Universidade Federal do PampaCaçapava do SulBrazil
  4. 4.Departamento de Farmácia Industrial, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências FarmacêuticasUniversidade Federal de Santa MariaSanta MariaBrazil
  5. 5.Departamento de Bioquímica, Instituto de Ciências Básicas da SaúdeUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  6. 6.Universidade Federal do Pampa, UNIPAMPAUruguainaBrazil

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