Neuroprotective activity of 2-amino-1,3,4-thiadiazole derivative 4BrABT – an in vitro study
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Department of Medical Biology, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland
Department of Pharmacology, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry, Warsaw, Poland
Department of Chemistry, University of Life Sciences, Lublin, Poland
Department of Virology and Immunology, Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
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Małgorzata Juszczak   

Department of Medical Biology, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2013;20(3):575-579
4BrABT (2-(4-Bromophenylamino)-5-(2,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-1,3,4-thiadiazole) is a compound known for its interesting in vitro anticancer profile. 4BrABT inhibited proliferation and motility of several cancer cell lines in concentrations which were not toxic to normal cells. A major problem associated with cancer chemotherapy, but also caused by environmental factors such as pesticides, is neurotoxicity. Therefore, the aim of the presented study was an in vitro evaluation of the neuroprotective activity of this compound. 4BrABT activity (1–100 μM) was tested in cultures of mouse neurons, rat astrocytes and rat oligodendrocytes. A possible protective action of the compound in different neurodegenerative models, as serum deprivation (SD), excitotoxicity (presence of 500 μM glutamate in culture medium), as well as cisplatin toxicity (astroglia – 50 μM and oligodendroglia – 100 μM) was investigated. Cell viability in the tested cultures was assessed with the use of LDH and MTT methods. Moreover, 4BrABT ability to prevent the cisplatin-induced apoptosis in astrocyte and oligodendrocyte cultures was analysed after Hoechst 33342 fluorostaining. The obtained results indicate that 4BrABT was not toxic to neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. Moreover, a decrease in the neuronal LDH level was observed, which may suggest the ability of 4BrABT to act as a trophic agent. Furthermore, the protective action of the studied compound was shown in neuronal cultures exposed to neurotoxic conditions (presence of glutamate and trophic stress) and in cisplatin-treated astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. The expression of anticancer and neuroprotective activity raises hopes for the potential use of 4BrABT as a safe anticancer drug, or neuroprotective agent in chemotherapy-associated neurotoxicity.
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