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Neuroprotective effect of Clerodendron glandulosum against acute transient ischemia reperfusion cerebral injury in rats.

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Prakash T
Department of Pharmacology Acharya B.M. Reddy College of Pharmacy Bangalore-560 107 Karnataka India
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Accepted date: November 25, 2016;

Citation: Surapaneni S, Prakash T, Ansari A, et al. Neuroprotective effect of Clerodendron glandulosum against acute transient ischemia reperfusion cerebral injury in rats. J Neurol Neurorehabil Res. 2017;2(1):14-20.

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Cerebral ischemia may be due to primary thrombosis in carotid artery. This results in cerebral hypoxia and thus leading to cerebral infarction/ischemic stroke. The effect of CGE (C. glandulosum extract) on antioxidant status in I/R (ischemia-reperfusion) injury in the rat forebrain have been investigated. Further, its effect was assessed on behavioural parameters, infract size and histopathological parameters. Bilateral carotid artery occlusion followed by reperfusion produced significant cerebral infarction and impaired short term memory, motor co-ordination and lateral push response CGE markedly attenuated I/R induced cerebral injury in terms of decreased infarct, size. The result suggests that the use of CGE protect ischemia reperfusion induced cerebral injury with comparable potency.


Neuroprotective activity, Cerebral ischemia, Infarct size, Oxidative stress, C. glandulosum.


Cerebral ischemia is a condition in which there is insufficient blood flow to the brain to meet metabolic demands. This leads to poor oxygen supply or cerebral hypoxia and thus leading to the death of brain tissues or cerebral infraction/ischemia stroke. It has been third most common cause of death in developed countries, Stroke can affect walking, talking, speech, vision, spatial awareness, swallowing, bladder control, bowel control and balance co-ordination. Free radical formation has been proved during cerebral ischemia. Risk factors for stroke include advanced age, hypertension, transient ischemic attack, diabetes; high cholesterol, cigarette smoking and atrial fibrillation. Among stroke patients, 80% suffer from cerebral infraction and 20% from cerebral haemorrhage [1,2]. Several components of reactive oxygen species (ROS) (superoxide, hydroxyl radical, hydrogen peroxide and peroxynitrite radical) that are generated after ischemia - reperfusion injury play an important role in neuronal loss after cerebral ischemia [3]. In reperfusion injury arrivals of oxygen to the ischemia area following restoration of blood flow instead of alleviating ischemic state worsens damage. Xanthine oxidase (XO) is major factor in generation of superoxide radical has been consider to play an important role in genesis of tissue injury due to ischemia and reperfusion. There is evidence that XO levels are elevated during ischemia. XO is the first known O2 radical source. During ischemia, adenosine triphosphate is degraded to hypoxanthine and xanthine dehydrogenase is converted to XO. During reperfusion, XO catalyses the conversion of hypoxanthine to uric acid with release of O2 radical [3]. Nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is up regulated after reperfusion injury. This results in excessive nitric oxide (NO) production. However some reports suggested that NO inhibits XO activity. Many antioxidants are reported to reduced reactive oxygen species-mediated reaction and protect neurons from ischemia-reperfusion induced neural loss in animal models of cerebral ischemia [4-6]. Cerebral ischemia leads to inflammatory cells which releases inflammatory cytokines and leads to accumulation of adhesion molecules mainly results in breakdown of blood brain barriers (BBB) Hence in this study we wanted to understand the role of XO inhibition, NO inhibition by C. glandulosum [7].

In 2011 it is reported that C. glandulosum leaves extract exhibits potent hepatoprotective activity against CCl4-induced hepatic damage but does not exhibit any toxic manifestations and changes in plasma marker enzymes, hepatic lipid peroxidation, enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants total protein levels of superoxide dismutase and catalase are estimated. Traditionally, people across Manipur consume decoction of C. glandulosum leaves for treating diabetes, obesity and hypertension and antioxidant property [8]. Therefore, the present study has been designed to investigate the effect C. glandulosum hydroalcoholic leaf extraction ischemicreperfusion induced cerebral injury in rats.

Materials and Methods


C. glandulosum plant leaves were procured from Manipur India. The plant was authenticated by Dr. T.H Brojendra Singh, Institute of Bio Tech Hub Centre, Takyalapat, Imphal and Manipur (1BTH-OC-01-2013/6). The voucher specimen of the plant was deposited in the department. All other chemicals and reagents used were of analytical grade and procured from approved vendors.

Preparation of extract

The leaves of C. glandulosum were shade dried. Dried leaves were then powdered and passed through sieve no: 44. Fine powder was collected; 100 g of fine powder was packed and extracted by using ethanol:water (70:30) at 65°C to 70°C for 24 h in soxhlet apparatus. After extraction the solvent was removed by using vacuums evaporator. Dried extract was stored in bottle wrapped with aluminium foil at 2°C to 8°C. The chemical constituents of the hydroalcoholic extract of C. glandulosum were identified by qualitative analysis [9].


Male albino Wistar rats (150 g to 200 g) were obtained from Bioneeds, Bangalore and Karnataka. Animals were caged in fully ventilated room. Animals were maintained in 12:12 h light and dark cycle and were housed at temperature of 25°C ± 2°C. They had free access to a standard chow diet and water ad libitum. Study protocol was approved by IAEC (protocol number-IAEC/ ABMRCP/2012-13/26). All the experiments were performed in accordance with the guidelines of CPCSEA.

Preliminary acute toxicity test

Healthy adult male albino mice (20 g to25 g) were subjected to acute toxicity studies as per guidelines (AOT 425) suggested by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-2000). Animals were divided into two groups (n=5). The animals where fasted for 4 h and with free access to water. The C. glandulosum extract was administered orally in doses of 2500 mg/kg and 5000 mg/kg to different groups of mice and observed over 14 days for mortality and physical/behavioural changes [10].

Experimental design

All the experiment was carried out in accordance with guidelines of committee for purpose of control and supervision of experiments on animals (CPCSEA) and the institutional animal ethics committee (IAEC) the approval no. was (protocol number-IAEC/ABMRCP/2012-13/26). Sufficient measures were adopted to minimize pain and discomfort with animal experimental procedures. The bilateral common carotid arteries were subsequently isolated and 30 min of ischemia was given to the rat by blocking the left internal branch of the common carotid artery was occluded with micro vascular clip. After the ischemic period, the neck muscle was stitched and ointment applied each rat. The test extract was administered to the respective group of rats described below for a period of 8 days. Rats were anesthetized and divided in to five groups of eight animals each. Sham group (Group I), rats were subjected to surgical procedure and a thread was passed below both carotid arteries but the arteries were not occluded. After 30 min, thread was removed and the animal was sutured back and allowed to recover for 4 h. Control ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) group (Group II), rats were subjected to 30 min global cerebral ischemia followed by reperfusion for 4 h. Group III and Group IV was treated with CGE (C. glandulosum extract) at dose of 200 mg/kg and 400 mg/kg body weight orally and rats were subjected to global cerebral ischemia on 8th day. Group V rats were treated with standard drug (Quercetin 10 mg/kg, p.o) and rats are subjected to global cerebral ischemia on 8th day employed for the study.

Neurobehavioral test

Neurodeficit score: The neurological state of the animals was evaluated using four categories of neurological findings were observed and noted 0=no observed neurological deficit; 1=contralateral forelimb flexion with wrist flexion and shoulder adduction; 2=reduced resistance to lateral push and 3=circling movements towards the ipsilateral side [11].

Rota rod test

Sensorimotor performance was evaluated using a rota rod test. All animals were tested for their ability to remain on the rotating bar at a speed of 20 revolutions/min (rpm) on a Rota rod apparatus (Inco). Each animal was trained for a minimum of three trials. After 8 post ischemic days, the animals were tested for motor impairment after administration of test drugs. Latency to fall off from the rotating rod was noted for each trial with a 5 min maximum to termination of the trials.

Hanging wire

The experimental animals were suspended by its forelimbs on a wire stretched between two posts, 45 cm above a foam sheet. The time in seconds (s), until the animal fell down, was recorded. 2 min of cut off time was designated. This task was used as a measure of grasping ability and forelimb strength.

Beam walk test

Beam walk test was employed to evaluate fore and hind limbs motor coordination. Each animal was individually placed on a beam walk apparatus (Inco) made up of a wooden bar 60 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, height 50 cm. The motor performance of rat scored on a scale ranging from 0 to 4. This is a special test for animals subjected to cerebral ischemia and reperfusion. For motor incoordination, number of foot slip; Number of falls; Distance travelled along beam was studied [12].

Open field test

The locomotor activity was evaluated in an open field paradigm. The apparatus consisted of a wooden box (60 × 60 × 30 cm). The floor of the box was divided into 16 squares (15 × 15 cm). The apparatus was illuminated with a 40-W lamp suspended 100 cm above. Each animal was placed at one corner of the apparatus and for the next 5 min it was observed for the ambulation (number of squares crossed), total period of immobility (in seconds), number of rearing’s, grooming, faecal pellets was observed [13].

Elevated plus maze

The elevated plus maze apparatus consists of a central platform connected to two open arms and two enclosed arms. The maze is elevated to a height of 50 cm from the floor. During training trials the animal was placed at the end of an open arm, facing away from the central platform of the maze. The time taken by the animal to move from open arm and cross the line marked in enclosed arm with all four paws was recorded as transfer latency (TL) time. In case the rats did not enter the enclosed arm within 90 s, it was gently pushed into the enclosed arm and a TL of 90 s was assigned to it. The animal was allowed to remain in the maze for the duration of 10 s. The TL measured on the plus maze on the 1 day serves as an index of acquisition, whereas the TL measured after 24 h of acquisition trial was taken as an index of retrieval [14].

Morris water maze test

The test for learning and memory on day 8th after surgery, spatial learning and memory was tested in water maze. The maze consists of a black circular pool (diameter 2.14 m, height 80 cm) filled to a depth of 44 cm with water (25°C). The rats received habituation (exposure in water maze for 1 min) in which there is no platform present. Then, on day 8th, a circular platform (9 cm in diameter) was kept hidden 2 cm below water level in the center of one of the quadrants. The platform remains in the same position during training days [15].

Preparation of brain homogenate

After decapitation, ischemia/reperfusion groups the brain was removed and washed in ice chilled 0.9% saline, and was kept on ice and subsequently blotted on filter paper, then weighed and homogenized in cold phosphate buffer (0.1 M, pH 7.4) to make a 10% w/v homogenate using a homogenizer. The homogenate was centrifuged at 10,000 rpm for 20 min at 4ºC and supernatant was kept in deep refrigerator at -80°C for analyzing biochemical estimations ( SOD, CAT, MDA, MPO) [16].

Infarct size measurement

The brain was removed and frozen at -4°C for 5 min. Coronal slices were made at 1 mm to 2 mm and sections were immersed in 1% of 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) at 37°C for 20 min. TTC is converted to red formazone pigment by NAD and dehydrogenase present in living cells. Hence, viable cells were stained deep red. The infarcted cells have lost the enzymes and thus remained unstained. Whole brain slices were weighed. Infarcted unstained part was dissected out weighted and expressed as % of total weight of brain [17].

Histopathological examination

At the end of experimental procedures, rats were sacrificed and the brains were dissected out. The brains were transferred to 10% formalin. Sections (<5 μm thick) of the frontal forebrain were prepared and stained by hematoxylin and eosin for microscopical examination [15].

Statistical analysis

The results were expressed as Mean ± SD. SOD, CAT, MDA, MPO and percentage of infraction were determined by factorial One-way ANOVA. Individual group was compared against control using Dunnet’s test. Values ranging between P<0.05 and P<0.001 were considered statistically significant. Statistical analysis was performed using Graph Pad Prism software (Version 5.01).


Effect of CGE on behavioral parameters

Effect of CGE on Neurodeficit score, rota rod test, hanging wire test, beam walk test, Open field test, Elevated plus maze test, Morris water maze test results are represented in Tables 1-3. The rat model of ischemia was established by temporary blocking of the internal carotid artery for 30 min of ischemia followed by reperfusion and it leads to sudden loss of vision, balance, coordination and memory. The neurological status of the rat was assessed by behavioural test. Neurodeficit scoring, pole fall and hanging wire results showed impairment in neurobehavioral scale in Group-2 ischemic rats. The neuro behavioral parameters neurological deficit score, grasping ability, forelimb strength, and motor function, were significantly improved in treated groups of CGE. Pre-treatment with CGE 200 mg/kg significantly in (P<0.01) increase behavioural test compared to I/R.

Treatment Groups Dose NeurodeficitRota rod Hanging wire
(Mean fall time in s)
Beam walk test (s)
mg/kg, p.o. Mean score (Mean fall time in s)
Sham Normal saline 0 4.128 ± 0.621 64.3 ± 1.978 1.3 ± 0.300
I/R Normal saline 1.8 2.131 ± 0.234 38.9 ± 1.132 3.0 ± 0.144
C.G 200 0.8 3.325 ± 0.242 52.06 ± 1.241 1.8 ± 0.281
 C.G 400 1.1 3.281 ± 0.272 49.4 ± 1.288 2.3 ± 0.156
Quercetin 10 0.7 3.091 ± 0.215 45.6 ± 1.806 1.6 ± 0.226

Table 1: Effect C. glandulosumon neurobehavioral tests in ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats.

(Seconds, s)
Faecal pellet
Sham Normalsaline 48.80 ± 4.85 164.70 ± 23.67 4.80 ± 0.98 6.30 ± 0.83 4.60 ± 1.09
I/R Normalsaline 18.90 ± 1.98 129.09 ± 23.87 3.56 ± 0.43 2.60 ± 0.87 1.98 ± 0.60
C.G 200 22.09 ± 4.09 ns 154.00 ± 18.09** 4.70 ± 0.76 3.66 ± 0.87 3.70 ± 0.48
C.G 400 34.98 ± 3.98 ** 123.25 ± 17.76** 5.90 ± 1.23 5.43 ± 1.09** 3.45 ± 1.54*
Quercetin 10 23.00 ± 5.45 145.00 ± 10.65 2.50 ± 0.76*** 2.00 ± 1.07** 1.00 ± 0.41*

Table 2: Effect of C. glandulosumon open field test in ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats.

Treatment Dose mg/kg,p.o.  Time Spent In Seconds  No. of Entries Ratio Of Ratio Of No. Of Entries
CA (Closed arm) OA (Open arm) CA OA Time Spent (OA/CA) (OA/CA)
 Sham Normal saline 187.4 ± 2.1 45.2 ± 87.2 3 ± 0.57 2 ± 0.25 0.436 ± 0.24 0.4 ± 0.87
I/R Normal saline 145.2 ± 7.34 3.3 ± 43.3 1.87 ± 0.9 1.5 ± 0.9 0.17 ± 0.71 0.941 ± 0.64
C.G   200 205.34 ± 21.8 5.15 ± 0.23 3.01 ± 0.9 1.87 ± 0.23 0.143 ± 0.98 0.38 ± 0.26
C.G   400 183 ± 54.2 18.13 ± 0.86* 3.75 ± 0.5** 2.25 ± 0.95** 0.125 ± 0.09** 0.583 ± 0.20**
Quercetin 10 283.25 ± 24.06 ns 28.25 ± 12.90 * 2.65 ± 0.95** 1.75 ± 0.50** 0.093 ± 0.05** 0.512 ± 0.23**

Table 3: Effect of C. glandulosum on elevated plus maze test ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats.

Treatment Dose Escape Latencies Probe trial New Platform
Groups mg/kg,p.o. 1 2 - -
Sham Normal saline 5.2±0.98 5.9±1.23 4.3±1.67 6.3±1.22
I/R Normal saline 4.0±1.65 3.0 ±7.21 4.6±0.83 5.0±1.76
C.G 200 6.09±0.98 4.0±1.09 5.09±0.87 5.86±0.9
 C.G 400 7.5±1.09 * 6.09±0.8 5.0±0.9 3.0±0.2
Quercetin 10 5.87±0.23 4.0±0.64 5 .0 ±0.65 5.2±1.87

Table 4: Effect C. glandulosum on Morris water maze test in.

Effect of CGE on biochemical enzymes

The biochemical results are showed in Figure 1. The results showed that the reperfusion significantly decreased antioxidant levels (SOD and CAT) and increased the MDA and MPO levels in the injured brain tissue of rats as compared with the sham control group. However, the treatment of rats with CGE (200 and 400 mg/kg) was markedly increased SOD and CAT, activity. In contrast, MDA and MPO content in the injured brain tissue of rats decreased significantly (P<0.01) in CGE treated group compared to ischemic control group.


Figure 1: Effect of hydroalcoholic extract of C. glandulosum on SOD (Figure 1A), CAT (Figure 1B), MDA (Figure 1C) and MPO (Figure 1D) of the rat brain subjected to reperfusion in BCCAO occlusion. I: Sham control, no occlusion (normal saline, 1 ml/kg, p.o.), II: Reperfusion in BCCAO ischemic control (normal saline, 1 ml/kg, p.o.), III: Reperfusion in BCCAO + C. glandulosum (200 mg/kg, p.o.), IV: Reperfusion in BCCAO + C.glandulosum (400 mg/kg, p.o.), V: Reperfusion in BCCAO + Quercetin (10 mg/kg, p.o.).

Effect of CGE on infarct size in rat brain tissue

Global cerebral ischemia followed by reperfusion produced significant increase in cerebral infarction measured by volume and weight method in reperfusion animals. Treatment of CGE marked by attenuated decrease in cerebral infract size in a dose dependent manner as compared control group and significant reduction in (P<0.01) in treatment group (Figure 2). The percentage of brain infarction was recorded in control and treated group was expressed in Figure 3.


Figure 2: Effect of hydroalcoholic extract of C. glandulosumon panel of coronel slices in rat brain subjected to BCCAO induced ischemia followed by reperfusion. The slices were stained with TTC to show the area of infarct (white color). A: Sham control, no occlusion (normal saline, 1 ml/kg, p.o.), B: Reperfusion in BCCAO ischemic control (normal saline, 1 ml/kg, p.o.), C: Reperfusion in BCCAO + C. glandulosum (200 mg/kg, p.o.), D: Reperfusion in BCCAO + C. glandulosum (400 mg/kg, p.o.), E: Reperfusion in BCCAO + Quercetin (10 mg/kg, p.o.).


Figure 3: Effect of hydroalcoholic extract of C. glandulosum on percentage of brain infarction stained by TTC in rats subjected to BCCAO induced ischemia followed by reperfusion. I: Sham control, no occlusion (normal saline, 1 ml/kg, p.o.), II: Reperfusion in BCCAO ischemic control (normal saline, 1 ml/kg, p.o.), III: Reperfusion in BCCAO + C. glandulosum (200 mg/kg, p.o.), IV: Reperfusion in BCCAO + C. glandulosum (400 mg/kg, p.o.), V: Reperfusion in BCCAO + Quercetin (10 mg/kg, p.o.).

Effect of CGE on histopathological studies

Histopathological studies of the brain of I/R groups showed some pyramidal cells and neuroglial cells shown degenerative changes (necrosis) few of the blood vessels show fibrinoid necrosis with features of vasculitis as shown. Extract treated groups was showed changes in blood vessels and change in necrosis decrease in congested blood vessels and gliosis, no odema was observed in reperfusion animals and it is represented in Figure 4.


Figure 4: Histopathological photographs of coronal sections of brain in rats subjected to BCCAO induced ischemia followed by reperfusion. A: Sham control, (no occlusion (normal saline, 1 ml/kg, p.o.), B: Reperfusion in BCCAO ischemic control (normal saline, 1 ml/kg, p.o.), C:Reperfusion in BCCAO + C. glandulosum (200 mg/kg, p.o.), D: Reperfusion in BCCAO + C. glandulosum (400 mg/kg, p.o.), E: Reperfusion in BCCAO + Quercetin (10 mg/kg, p.o.).


Global cerebral ischemia and reperfusion model employed in the present study is reported to simulate the clinical situation of cerebral ischaemia [16]. Prolonged global cerebral ischemia results in neuronal death irrespective of post ischemic reperfusion [17]. Cerebral ischemia has been reported to impair short-term memory because hippocampal neurons are susceptible to the deleterious effects of ischemia and reperfusion [18]. The activities of extract appeared to work by restoring the altered antioxidants enzymes as well as decreasing the lipid peroxidation in brain regions induced by ischemia reperfusion. There is considerable evidence which supports the role of ROS in the pathogenesis of I/R induced oxidative stress in brain [19,20]. Superoxide dismutase, Catalase act together against reactive oxygen species and free radical damage. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is a ubiquitous enzyme with an essential function of protection of aerobic cells against oxidative stress. It is primarily a mitochondrial enzyme usually found in the plasma membrane [21]. Superoxide dismutase and Catalase are mutually supportive members of defence against reactive oxygen species which have been found to be decreased during ischemia reperfusion injury [22]. In the present study, CGE treatment significantly restored antioxidant enzyme (SOD and Catalase) oxidative defence. The ROS of potential importance in cerebral ischemia include superoxide and hydroxyl radicals and their formation was indicated and confirmed by an increase in hydroxylated salicylate in post ischemic insults. ROS produces malondialdehyde (MDA), an MDA reacts with TBA and produces TBARS, producing superoxide and H2O2 in the presence of oxygen. Superoxide does not directly induce lipid peroxidation. However, the exact mechanism of CGE effect in restoration of oxidative defence is still not clear. Knowing that lipids are the most susceptible macromolecules to oxidative stress, the present results demonstrated levels of MDA in ischemia reperfusion and this finding reconfirms the observation [23]. In the present study, CGE treatment significantly improved MDA its antioxidant effect. Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is stored in azurophilic granules of leukocytes and found in neutrophils, monocytes and macrophages. In the present study, the activity of tissue MPO levels has significantly increased in I/R vehicle group as compared to sham control group. Treatment with CGE significantly reduced MDA level. Transient cerebral ischemia of 30 min followed by reperfusion for 4 h produced significant increase in cerebral infract size measured by volume and weight method. 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride is believed to be reduced to red formazan by mitochondrial enzymes (specifically succinate dehydrogenase). On immediate TTC staining after the elective or natural death of animals, the normal tissue stains deep red and infarcted tissue with loss of mitochondrial enzyme activity does not stain and appears white [24]. Treatment of CGE shown significant decrease in infracts size compared to I/R group. Oxidative free radicals are known to contribute to ischemic brain damage. Histopathological observations made in the present study revealed that acute ischemia reperfusion did not lead to extensive ischemic neuronal changes (such as neuronal cell death). This could be correlated with earlier reports [25,26]. The absence of neuronal loss/death needs consideration. Glial activation, when it occurs, has consistently been shown to precede overt neuronal death [27,28]. Therefore, it is likely that, damage may be revealed if ischemia reperfusion is extended beyond this time point. Alternatively, the histological damage would have been apparent if more sophisticated techniques of evaluation like electron microscopy were used [29]. Even if the study indicates the cerebro-protective effect ischemia reperfusion, the results can able to correlate with the aspect of molecular mechanism of isolated compounds from the test extracts [30,31]. In conclusion, the CGE on ischemia and reperfusion induced exert a cerebro-protective effect, which may be due to its antioxidant activity [32,33].


In conclusion, these findings suggest a potential protective role of CGE against global cerebral reperfusion induced brain injury. CGE reduce the neuronal loss of ischemic brain tissues. The results suggested that CGE is protective against I/R induced oxidative stress by mechanism involving inhibition of free radical generation, reactive oxygen species scavenging modulation of intra cellular antioxidant against ischemic reperfusion induced stress.


The authors would like to express their gratitude to Mr. Premanath Reddy, Chairman and Mrs. Shalini Reddy, Secretary, Acharya Institute, Bangalore, India, for providing the necessary facilities and support to carry out the research work.