It has been empirically known that Ginkgo extract is useful for reducing many symptoms associated with cerebral blood flow (CBF) insufficiency, but its mechanisms have been uncertain. In the present study, therefore, we gave Ginkgo extract to rats with per os digestion, and investigated its effect on CBF and ischemic brain damage with middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). The treatment with Ginkgo extract (10 mg 100 g-1 rat) increased CBF in the normal condition, but the degree of increase in CBF was lesser during and after MCAO. TTC staining showed that infarct volume was reduced with Ginkgo treatment. TUNEL and HSP72 immunostaining confirmed the protective effect of Ginkgo treatment reducing numbers of TUNEL and HSP72 positive cells. Immunohistochemical analysis showed that caspase-3 expression was less abundant in Ginkgo treated rats. The present results suggest that Ginkgo extract contains a substance which increases normal CBF and reduces ischemic brain damage.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 15 2000|
- Ginkgo extract
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology