Noopept Attenuates Diabetes-Mediated Neuropathic Pain and Oxidative Hippocampal Neurotoxicity via Inhibition of TRPV1 Channel in Rats


MOLECULAR NEUROBIOLOGY, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12035-021-02478-8
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, Chemical Abstracts Core, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


Neuropathic pain and oxidative neurotoxicity are two adverse main actions of diabetes mellitus (DM). The expression levels of calcium ion (Ca2+) permeable TRPV1 channels are high in the dorsal root ganglion (DRGs) and hippocampus (HIPPO). TRPV1 is activated by capsaicin and reactive free oxygen radicals (fROS) to mediate peripheral neuropathy and neurotoxicity. Noopept (NP) acted several protective antioxidant actions against oxidative neurotoxicity. As DM is known to increase the levels of fROS, the protective roles of antioxidant NP were evaluated on the DM-mediated neurotoxicity and neuropathic pain via the modulation of TRPV1 in rats. Thirty-six rats were equally divided into control, NP, DM (streptozotocin, STZ), and STZ + NP groups. A decrease on the STZ-mediated increase of neuropathic pain (via the analyses of Von Frey and hot plate) and blood glucose level was observed by the treatment of NP. A protective role of NP via downregulation of TRPV1 activity on the STZ-induced increase of apoptosis, mitochondrial fROS, lipid peroxidation, caspase -3 (CASP-3), caspase -9 (CASP-9), TRPV1 current density, glutathione (GSH), cytosolic free Zn2+, and Ca2+ concentrations in the DRGs and HIPPO was also observed. The STZ-mediated decrease of glutathione peroxidase, GSH, vitamin E, and beta-carotene concentrations in the brain cortex, erythrocyte, liver, kidney, and plasma was also attenuated by the treatment of NP. The STZ-mediated increase of TRPV1, CASP-3, and CASP-9 expressions was decreased in the DRGs and HIPPO by the treatment of NP. In conclusion, the treatment of NP induced protective effects against STZ-induced adverse peripheral pain and HIPPO oxidative neurotoxicity. These effects might attribute to the potent antioxidant property of NP.