The protective effect of Astaxanthin on scopolamine – induced Alzheimer’s model in mice


Neurosciences (Riyadh). 2024 May;29(2):103-112. doi: 10.17712/nsj.2024.2.20230060.


OBJECTIVES: To investigate the fundamental mechanisms of the neuroprotective impact of Astaxanthin (AST) in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) induced by scopolamine.

METHODS: This research constituted an in vivo animal study encompassing 36 adult male mice, divided into 6 groups: Control, 100 mg/kg AST, 2 mg/kg scopolamine (AD group), 100 mg/kg AST+2 mg/kg scopolamine, 3 mg/kg galantamine+2 mg/kg scopolamine, and 100 mg/kg AST+3 mg/kg galantamine+2 mg/kg scopolamine. After 14 days, the mice’s short-term memory, hippocampus tissue, oxidative and inflammatory markers were evaluated.

RESULTS: The AST demonstrated a beneficial influence on short-term memory and a reduction in acetylcholinesterase activity in the brain. It exhibited neuroprotective and anti-amyloidogenic properties, significantly decreased pro-inflammatory markers and oxidative stress, and reversed the decline of the Akt-1 and phosphorylated Akt pathway, a crucial regulator of abnormal tau. Furthermore, AST enhanced the effect of galantamine in reducing inflammation and oxidative stress.

CONCLUSION: The findings indicate that AST may offer therapeutic benefits against cognitive dysfunction in AD. This is attributed to its ability to reduce oxidative stress, control neuroinflammation, and enhance Akt-1 and pAkt levels, thereby underscoring its potential in AD treatment strategies.

PMID:38740397 | DOI:10.17712/nsj.2024.2.20230060