The neuroprotective effects of Tao-Ren-Cheng-Qi Tang against embolic stroke in rats

  • Wei Cheng Shiao (Creator)
  • Ting Lin Yen (Contributor)
  • Ling Wei Hsu (Creator)
  • Nen-Chung Chang (Contributor)
  • Thanasekaran Jayakumar (Contributor)
  • Meng Che Yu (Contributor)
  • Philip A. Thomas (Creator)
  • Joen-Rong Sheu (Contributor)



Abstract Background Combinations of the traditional Chinese and Western medicines have been used to treat numerous diseases throughout the world, and there is a growing body of evidence showing that some of the herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine elicit significant pharmacological effects. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the neuroprotective effects of Tao-Ren-Cheng-Qi Tang (TRCQT) in combination with aspirin following middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)—induced embolic stroke in rats. Methods A blood clot was embolized into the middle cerebral artery of rats to induce focal ischemic brain injury. After 24 h of MCAO occlusion, the rats were arbitrarily separated into five groups and subjected to different oral treatment processes with TRCQT and aspirin for 30 days before being evaluated in terms of their neurological behavior using a four-point system. The rats were sacrificed at 30 days after drug treatment and the infarct volumes were measured using a 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining method. Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNK), activated caspase-3 and Bax were detected by western blot analysis. The apoptotic cells were identified by Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) staining. ROS generation was also measured by electron spin resonance spectrometry. Results Rats treated with TRCQT alone or in combination with aspirin showed a significantly reduced infarct volume (P
Date made available2017

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