SK-PC-B70M confers anti-oxidant activity and reduces Aβ levels in the brain of Tg2576 mice

Ji Seon Seo, Tae Kyung Kim, Yea Hyun Leem, Kang Woo Lee, Sun Kyu Park, In Sun Baek, Kyoung Shim Kim, Guang Jin Im, Soo Min Lee, Yang Hae Park, Pyung Lim Han

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SK-PC-B70M is an oleanolic-glycoside saponin-enriched fraction derived from the root of Pulsatilla koreana. Recently, it was reported that hederacolchiside-E is an active ingredient of SK-PC-B70M that confers a neuroprotective effect against the cytotoxicity induced by Aβ(1-42) in SK-N-SH neuroblastoma cells. SK-PC-B70M improves scopolamine-induced impairments of spatial working memory in rats. In the present study, we investigated whether SK-PC-B70M has a beneficial effect on the Tg2576 murine model of Alzheimer's disease. ELISA analysis revealed that the levels of soluble and insoluble forms of Aβ(1-42) in Tg2576 mice fed SK-PC-B70M (2000 ppm) from 11 months to 16 months of age were reduced to, respectively, 66% and 79% of the control Tg2576 mice. Anti-Aβ antibody-stained brain sections of Tg2576 mice with SK-PC-B70M (2000 ppm) consistently showed a reduction in plaque formation in the brain. Western blot analyses showed altered expressions of various cellular factors, such as up-regulation of transthyretin, phospho-ERK, and phospho-CREB in the brain treated with SK-PC-B70M. SK-PC-B70M suppressed the neuronal toxicity induced by H2O2 in primary cortical culture. Moreover, biochemical and immunohistochemical analyses showed that the levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) and 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (HNE), oxidized by-products of lipid peroxidation, were notably reduced in the hippocampus of Tg2576 mice treated with SK-PC-B70M compared with the Tg2576 control. These results suggest that SK-PC-B70M attenuates AD-like pathology in the brain of Tg2576 mice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-108
Number of pages9
JournalBrain Research
StatePublished - 19 Mar 2009

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant (A050580) from Korean health R&D project from Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea.


  • Alzheimer disease
  • Natural compound
  • Plaque
  • ROS


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