Geroprotective effects of ethylmethylhydroxypyridine succinate in an experimental study


FSBI «Zakusov Institute of Pharmacology», Moscow

Objective. To study an effect of mexidol on the life expectancy, weight, seizure response thresholds, and impaired cognitive and
motor functions during aging in male Wistar rats. Material and methods. In a long-term experiment, male Wistar rats, aged 3—26 months, were assessed for impaired cognitive functions (passive avoidance conditioned reflex test), convulsive threshold (test with pentylenetetrazole), motor deficits (tests of rotating rod and pulling on the crossbar), and life expectancy. The rats received mexidol in the form of 0,15% solution, which replaced drinking water, during two 2 month courses at the age of 18—20 and 22—24 month. A dose of mexidol consumed by the rat was 40-75 mg/kg/day. Results. In old male Wistar rats, the long-term treatment with mexidol increases the life expectancy, improves learning, preservation and reproduction of the memory trace in the passive avoidance conditioned reflex test, increases the convulsive threshold and improves muscle tone and coordination of movements that are impaired during aging. Conclusion. Mexidol increases the threshold of convulsive reaction, restores cognitive and neurological deficits that occur during aging in male Wistar rats and increases the by its ability to influence mitochondriogenesis and antioxidant properties.
Keywords: aging, mexidol, life expectancy, memory impairment, neurological deficit, convulsive threshold.