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Magnesium Research


Magnesium enhances the beneficial effects of NK1 antagonist administration on blood–brain barrier permeability and motor outcome after traumatic brain injury Volume 30, numéro 3, July-August-September 2017


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1 Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
2 Sansom Institute for Health Research, Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
* Correspondence: Robert Vink. Division of Health Sciences, The University of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5001
  • Mots-clés : neurotrauma, magnesium, substance P, blood–brain barrier, brain injury
  • DOI : 10.1684/mrh.2017.0427
  • Page(s) : 88-97
  • Année de parution : 2017

The current study investigated whether adding magnesium to an NK1 tachykinin receptor antagonist after traumatic brain injury would enhance efficacy to further reduce blood–brain barrier permeability and improve functional recovery compared to either treatment alone. Sprague-Dawley rats were injured using the impact acceleration model of diffuse brain injury, and received either no treatment, MgSO4 (30 mg/kg IV), the NK1 antagonist n-acetyl L tryptophan (2.5 mg/kg IP), or both agents combined. Animals were then killed at either 1, 5, or 24 h postinjury for determination of blood–brain barrier permeability using previously administered Evans blue dye or assessed for functional outcome over a 1-week period using the rotarod motor test. As expected, both MgSO4 and n-acetyl L tryptophan significantly reduced blood–brain barrier permeability and improved functional outcome. However, combined n-acetyl L tryptophan and MgSO4 was more effective at reducing blood–brain barrier permeability (P < 0.05) and improving functional outcome (P < 0.001) compared to the individual compounds. Our results demonstrate that combination therapy with magnesium and an NK1 antagonist may be a more effective therapy for TBI than either compound administered alone.