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Depression: 21st Century Solutions + The Dark Side of Wheat

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Abstract Title:

Prophylactic effects of sulforaphane on depression-like behavior and dendritic changes in mice after inflammation.

Abstract Source:

J Nutr Biochem. 2016 Oct 11 ;39:134-144. Epub 2016 Aug 11. PMID: 27833054

Abstract Author(s):

Ji-Chun Zhang, Wei Yao, Chao Dong, Chun Yang, Qian Ren, Min Ma, Mei Han, Jin Wu, Yusuke Ushida, Hiroyuki Suganuma, Kenji Hashimoto

Article Affiliation:

Ji-Chun Zhang

Abstract:

Inflammation plays a role in the pathophysiology of depression. Sulforaphane (SFN), an isothiocyanate compound derived from broccoli, is a potent activator of the NF-E2-related factor-2 (Nrf2), which plays a role in inflammation. In this study, we examined whether the prevention effects of SFN in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced depression-like behavior in mice. Pretreatment with SFN significantly blocked an increase in the serum tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) level and an increase in microglial activation of brain regions after a single administration of LPS (0.5 mg/kg). Furthermore, SFN significantly potentiated increased serum levels of IL-10 after LPS administration. In the tail-suspension test and forced swimming test, SFN significantly attenuated an increase of the immobility time after LPS administration. In addition, SFN significantly recovered to control levels for LPS-induced alterations in the proteins such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor, postsynaptic density protein 95 and AMPA receptor 1 (GluA1) and dendritic spine density in the brain regions. Finally, dietary intake of 0.1% glucoraphanin (a glucosinolate precursor of SFN) food during the juvenile and adolescence could prevent the onset of LPS-induced depression-like behaviors and dendritic spine changes in the brain regions at adulthood. In conclusion, these findings suggest that dietary intake of SFN-rich broccoli sprout has prophylactic effects on inflammation-related depressive symptoms. Therefore, supplementation of SFN-rich broccoli sprout could be prophylactic vegetable to prevent or minimize the relapse by inflammation in the remission state of depressed patients.

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