Selegiline protects against recognition memory impairment induced by neonatal iron treatment
de Lima MN, Laranja DC, Caldana F, Grazziotin MM,
Garcia VA, Dal-Pizzol F, Bromberg E, Schroder N.
Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Gerontologia Biomedica,
Instituto de Geriatria e Gerontologia,
Hospital Sao Lucas,
Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul,
90619-900 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.
Exp Neurol. 2005 Aug 23;


Excess of iron in the brain has been implicated in the pathogenesis of several human neurodegenerative diseases, for example Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. It has been shown that the neonatal period is critical for the establishment of normal iron content in the adult brain. Moreover, it is known that aging alters the cerebral distribution of this metal. We have recently described that neonatal administration of iron severely impaired novel object recognition memory in rats. The aim of the present study was to determine whether selegiline, a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor known for its neuroprotective properties, could protect rats against cognitive impairment induced by neonatal administration of iron. In the first experiment, male Wistar rats received vehicle (5% sorbitol in water) or iron (10.0 mg/kg) orally from postnatal days 12 to 14 and saline (0.9% NaCl) or selegiline (1.0 or 10.0 mg/kg) intraperitoneally for 21 days, starting 24 h before the first iron dosing. In the second experiment, rats were given either vehicle or iron (10.0 mg/kg) orally from postnatal days 12 to 14 followed by saline or selegiline (1.0 or 10.0 mg/kg) intraperitoneally for 21 days, starting when rats reached adulthood (50th day after birth). Iron-treated rats given selegiline in both doses showed no deficits in recognition memory. Rats receiving iron but no selegiline presented memory deficits. This is the first study reporting the reversal of iron-induced memory impairment, supporting the view that our model can be considered as a useful tool in the search for new drugs with neuroprotective and/or memory enhancing properties.
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