NEUROPROTECTIVE PROPERITY OF CENTELLA ASIATICA AGAINST PENTYLENE- TETRAZOLE INDUCED EPILEPSY IN RAT BRAIN WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO LIPID METABOLISMAbstract
This study evaluated the anticonvulsant effect of different extracts of Centella asiatica (CA) with particular reference to lipid metabolism in different regions of rat brain. The rats were randomly divided into 4 groups having 6 in each group: i.e. Control group received saline, PTZ-induced epileptic group (60mg/kg b.w op/ 1 day), epileptic group pretreated with chloroform extract (CE), epileptic group pretreated with aqueous (AE) extract and epileptic group pretreated with diazepam (DP; Reference control) (2 mg/kg b.w/ip/ day). The CA extract is administered at the dose of 200 mg/kg body weight orally for one week. The experimental results were observed that the decreased content of phospholipids in the entire brain regions i.e. Cerebral cortex (CC), Cerebellum (CB), Hippocampus (HC) and Pons medulla (PM); total cholesterol, triglycerides and increased content of Lipid peroxidation in epileptic rats. The reversal changes were observed on pre treatment with the chloroform extract of CA and diazepam. Hence, it is evident that the different bioactive factors of CA offered protection against PTZ-induced epilepsy.