Free radicals induced by cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury can trigger lipid peroxidation, leading to the production of malondialdehyde (MDA) and 4-hydroxy-2(E)-nonenal (4-HNE). Post-ischemia electroacupuncture (EA) therapy was able to reduce extent of lipid peroxidation. However, the effect of pre-ischemic EA therapy has not been reported. In this study, we aim to investigate the effectiveness of pre-ischemic EA therapy on lipid peroxidation in the rat ischemic injury model. Four groups of Sprague-Dawley rats were designed: Placebo group (without EA therapy), NA group (EA therapy on non-acupoint), GB20 group (EA therapy on Fengchi), and ST36 group (EA therapy on Zusanli). Half of each group (n = 6) received 30-minute EA therapy for 3 times and the other half group for 18 times before the occlusion of right middle cerebral artery. Right brains were taken for determination of concentration of MDA and the total of MDA plus 4-HNE. We found that multiple pre-ischemia EA therapy at either GB20 or ST36 can effectively reduce the amount of MDA produced after MCA occlusion. However, this reduction was not observed in the total amount of MDA and 4-HNE. In conclusion, pre-ischemia EA can partly regulate the lipid peroxidation in cerebral ischemia, where both GB20 and ST36 have a similar beneficial effectiveness.
- Cerebral ischemia
- Lipid peroxidation