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Anti-epileptic properties of oleamide

  • 1Email author,
  • 1,
  • 2,
  • 2,
  • 2,
  • 2,
  • 2,
  • 2 and
  • 1, 2
BMC Proceedings20082 (Suppl 1) :P42

https://doi.org/10.1186/1753-6561-2-s1-p42

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Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Lipid
  • Neurological Disorder
  • Heterogeneous Group
  • Folk Medicine

Epilepsy is a heterogeneous group of disorders. It is the most common neurological disorder after the stroke, with a 2–3% life-time risk of being given a diagnosis of epilepsy [1]. Antiepileptogenic drugs that retard or prevent epileptogenesis are not yet available [2]. Extract of the plant Aquilegia vulgaris is widely used in folk medicine as an antiepileptic medicament [3]. We have previously demonstrated that oleamid – sleep inducing lipid and myo-inositol are two compounds acting on γ-aminobuturic acid type A receptors and hence candidates determining the anti-epileptic properties of the plant Aquilegia vulgaris [4]. Further it was shown that myo-inositol reduces the strength of seizures induced either by pentylentetrazol or kainic acid in rats. In the present work we are demonstrating that oleamid also posseses anti-epileptic features and significantly decreases the degrees of convulsions induced by pentylentetrazole in rats.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Faculty of Life Sciences, I. Chavchavadze Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, 0179, Georgia
(2)
Department of Biochemistry, I. Beritashvili Institute of Physiology, Tbilisi, 0161, Georgia

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