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2022 Jun 28

J Ethnopharmacol

Study on the pharmacodynamic effect of Rhizoma Dioscoreae polysaccharides on cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats and the possible mechanism.


Rhizoma Dioscoreae (RD) is the rhizome of Dioscorea opposita Thunb., a traditional Chinese medicine, which can treat hypertension, diabetes, cerebral vasospasm headache and Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, RD is the main component of Liuwei Dihuang pill, a Chinese patent medicine. Rhizoma Dioscoreae polysaccharides (RDPS) are the primary active ingredient of RD. Modern medical research confirmed RDPS has multiple pharmacological effects, including neuroprotection, immunoregulation, antioxidant effect in many organs. The primary ischemia/hypoxia injury and secondary reperfusion injury are mainly caused by oxidative stress, which caused by hypoxia, such as free radical generation, energy metabolism disorder, intracellular calcium overload, excitatory amino acid release and inflammatory reaction.