Pergulalaria Daemia Aqueous Extract Ameliorates Seizures and Prevents Oxidative Stress in Mice Model of Epilepsy

Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences,2017,7,2,1664-1670.
Published:June 2017
Type:Research Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Antoine Kavaye Kandeda1*, Germain Sotoing Taiwe2, Fleur Clarisse Okomolo Moto3, Simon Pale2, Neteydji Sidiki4, Gisele Claudine Nkamguie Nkantchoua4, Elisabeth Ngo Bum4

1Department of Animal Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde I, Yaounde, Cameroon.

2Department of Biological Sciences, Higher Teachers' Training College, University of Yaounde I, Yaounde, Cameroon.

3Department of Zoology and Animal Physiology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon.

4Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Ngaoundéré, Ngaoundere, Cameroon.


Pergularia daemia Forsk. (Choiv.) (Asclepiadaceae) is widely used in Cameroonian’s folk medicine to treat epilepsy and infantile convulsions. In the present study, anticonvulsant effects of Pergularia daemia aqueous extract and possible antioxidant mechanisms were investigated on pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced kindling model of epilepsy. All groups, excluding control group were kindled by 11 injections (i.e. 22 days) of PTZ (35 mg/kg, i.p.), one time every alternate day (48 ± 2 h), until the development of kindling (i.e. the manifestation of stage 5 of seizures for two successive trials in control animals). On the 26th day (i.e. the 12th injection), all mice were challenged with PTZ (75 mg/kg, i.p.). Following the completion of behavioral studies, hippocampi were removed and oxidative stress parameters were determined. P. daemia extract (24.5-49 mg/kg) significantly protected mice against myoclonic jerks and clonic seizures. The extract (12.3-49 mg/kg) significantly decreased the number of myoclonic jerks and development of PTZ kindling. PTZ-kindling induced significant oxidative stress alterations that were reversed by the extract. These results suggest that P. daemia has anticonvulsant effects facilitated in part by antioxidant activities. This clarifies consequently, its use in traditional medicine to treat epilepsy in Cameroon.

Effects of P. daemia on the number of myoclonic jerks in PTZ kindled mice