Mar 28, 2020

Investigating the synergic effects of valproic acid and crocin on BDNF and GDNF expression in epidermal neural crest stem cells

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
Zahra BaharvandSareh Pandamooz


Following nerve tissue damage, various events, such as inflammatory responses, microglial activation, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and apoptosis, can occur, which all lead to cell death, prevent axonal growth, and cause axonal circumvolution. So far, several researchers have tended to adopt strategies to reduce the harmful conditions associated with neurological disorders, and stem‑cell‑based therapy is one of those promising strategies. Epidermal neural crest stem cells (EPI‑NCSCs) are a type of stem cell that has widely been employed for the treatment of various neurological disorders. It has been suggested that these stem cells perform their supportive actions primarily through the release of different neurotrophic factors. Hence, in this study, the neuroprotective impacts of valproic acid (VPA) and crocin were evaluated on the mRNA expression levels of brain‑derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial‑cell‑derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) in EPI‑NCSCs. In this research, we isolated EPI‑NCSCs from the hair follicles of the rat whisker pad. Then, the cells were treated with different concentrations of VPA and crocin for 72 h. Subsequently, an MTT assay was performed to define the suitable concentrations of drugs. Finally,...Continue Reading

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Neural Stem Cells
Nerve Growth Factors
Hair Follicle Structure
Axon Growth
Valproic Acid

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