Neuroprotective effect of myxobacterial extracts on quinolinic acid-induced toxicity in primary human neurons

Mona Dehhaghi, Vanessa Tan, Benjamin Heng, Nady Braidy, Fatemeh Mohammadipanah*, Gilles J. Guillemin

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    Quinolinic acid (QUIN) is a neurotoxin, gliotoxin, and proinflammatory molecule involved in the pathogenesis of several neurological diseases. Myxobacteria have been known as a rich source of secondary metabolites with diverse structures and mode of actions. In this study, we examined the potential neuroprotective effects of myxobacterial extracts on QUIN-induced excitotoxicity in primary human neurons. For this purpose, primary cultures of human neurons were pre-incubated with myxobacterial extracts and subsequently treated with QUIN at a pathophysiological concentration of 550 nM. The results showed that some myxobacterial extracts can significantly attenuate formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), nitric oxide (NO) production, and extracellular lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity of human neurons. Moreover, myxobacterial extracts were also able to reduce neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) activity. Some extracts prevented cell death by reducing the activation of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP1) by QUIN, therefore by maintaining NAD+ levels. In addition, myxobacterial extracts ameliorated oxidative stress by increasing the intracellular levels of glutathione after treatment with QUIN. The results showed that extracts of Stigmatella sp. UTMC 4072 and Archangium sp. UTMC 4070 and were the most effective in reducing QUIN-induced excitotoxicity in primary human neurons. Due to their antioxidative activity, myxobacterial extracts represent an underexplored source of potential new drugs for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)281-290
    Number of pages10
    JournalNeurotoxicity Research
    Issue number2
    Early online date28 Sep 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


    • Anti-inflammation activity
    • Myxobacteria
    • Natural products
    • Oxidative stress
    • Quinolinic acid


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