Gastrodia elata blume and an active component, p-hydroxybenzyl alcohol reduce focal ischemic brain injury through antioxidant related gene expressions

Seong Jin Yu, Ju Ran Kim, Chae Kwan Lee, Jeong Eun Han, Jae Hyun Lee, Hye-Sook Kim, Jeong Hwa Hong, Sung Goo Kang

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Ischaemic stroke is a leading cause of death and long-lasting disability. Gastrodia elata blume (GEB) is a Chinese herb that is widely used to treat convulsive disorders, such as epilepsy, and p-hydroxybenzyl alcohol (HBA) is the active ingredient in GEB. The present study was conducted to evaluate the effects of GEB and HBA on the brain damage and transcriptional levels of Protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) and 1-Cys peroxiredoxin (1-Cys Prx) genes known to play a role in antioxidant systems after transient focal ischemia in the rat brain. Focal ischemia was induced in rats by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). All animals underwent ischemia for 1 h, followed by 24 h of reperfusion. Coronal brain slices were stained with 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride or total RNA was extracted for the analysis of gene expression. Histopathologic analysis revealed a significant (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1016-1020
Number of pages5
JournalBiological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005



  • 1-Cys peroxiredoxin
  • Gastrodia elata blume
  • Ischemia
  • p-hydroxybenzyl alcohol
  • Protein disulfide isomerase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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