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2019 Aug

Pharmacol Rep



Citrus flavonoid 3,5,6,7,8,3′,4′-heptamethoxyflavone induces BDNF via cAMP/ERK/CREB signaling and reduces phosphodiesterase activity in C6 cells.


Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is associated with onset of several central nervous system disorders, e.g., Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression, epilepsy, and chronic pain. In our previous in vivo studies using ischemic and depression mouse models, we revealed that citrus flavonoid 3,5,6,7,8,3',4'-heptamethoxyflavone (HMF) exerts neuroprotective effects by enhancing the expression of BDNF in astrocytes within the hippocampus. Therefore, in the present study, we examined the mechanism of BDNF induction by HMF in vitro using rat C6 glioma cells.