DL-3-n-Butylphthalide attenuation of methamphetamine-induced neurotoxicity in SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells

Jun Zhao, Jianuo Liu, Enquan Xu, Yunlin Liu, Anmu Xie, Huangui Xiong

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Aims Methamphetamine (Meth) abuse causes neural injury in the brain. There are no efficacious therapies available to treat Meth-induce neural injury. The present study intended to test the therapeutic potential of DL-3-n-butylphthalide (NBP), a chemical compound extracted originally from the seeds of Chinese Celery, in the amelioration and prevention of Meth-induced neural injury. Main methods Experiments were carried out on SH-SY5Y cells. Neuronal injury and apoptotic cell death were detected by MTT assay and analysis of nuclear morphology. Intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) was evaluated by dichloro-dihydro-fluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA) assay and protein expression levels of the apoptosis-related cleaved caspase-3, bcl2 and Bax were determined by western blotting. Key findings Treatment of SH-SY5Y cells with Meth induced cell injury and apoptosis. NBP attenuated Meth-associated cell injury and apoptosis via blockage of Meth-mediated upregulation of intracellular ROS production and inhibition of Meth-induced decrease of cleaved caspase-3/caspase-3 and Bcl-2/Bax ratios. Significance The results presented in this study indicate that NBP may have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of Meth-induced neuronal injury in the central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalLife Sciences
StatePublished - Nov 15 2016


  • DL-3-n-Butylphthalide
  • Methamphetamine
  • Neuroprotection
  • Neurotoxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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