Journal article

Low Molecular Weight Dextran Sulfate (ILB®) Administration Restores Brain Energy Metabolism Following Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in the Rat.

Giacomo Lazzarino, Angela Maria Amorini, Nicholas M Barnes, Lars Bruce, Alvaro Mordente, Giuseppe Lazzarino, Valentina Di Pietro, Barbara Tavazzi, Antonio Belli, Ann Logan

Antioxidants (Basel) | Published : 2020

Abstract

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in people less than 40 years of age in Western countries. Currently, there are no satisfying pharmacological treatments for TBI patients. In this study, we subjected rats to severe TBI (sTBI), testing the effects of a single subcutaneous administration, 30 min post-impact, of a new low molecular weight dextran sulfate, named ILB®, at three different dose levels (1, 5, and 15 mg/kg body weight). A group of control sham-operated animals and one of untreated sTBI rats were used for comparison (each group n = 12). On day 2 or 7 post-sTBI animals were sacrificed and the simultaneous HPLC analysis of energy metabolites, N-ac..

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