Pre-ischemic treatment with ampicillin reduces neuronal damage in the mouse hippocampus and neostriatum after transient forebrain ischemia

Kyung Eon Lee, Seul Ki Kim, Kyung Ok Cho, Seong Yun Kim

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Ampicillin, a β-lactam antibiotic, has been reported to induce astrocytic glutamate transporter-1 which plays a crucial role in protecting neurons against glutamate excitotoxicity. We investigated the effect of ampicillin on neuronal damage in the mouse hippocampus and neostriatum following transient global forebrain ischemia. Male C57BL/6 mice were anesthetized with halothane and subjected to bilateral occlusion of the common carotid artery for 40 min. Ampicillin was administered post-ischemically (for 3 days) and/or pre-ischemically (for 3-5 days until one day before the onset of ischemia). Pre- and post-ischemic treatment with ampicillin (50 mg/kg/day or 200 mg/kg/day) prevented ischemic neuronal death in the medial CA1 area of the hippocampus as well as the neostriatum in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, ischemic neuronal damage was reduced by pre-ischemic treatment with ampicillin (200 mg/kg/day). In summary, our results suggest that ampicillin plays a functional role as a chemical preconditioning agent that protects hippocampal neurons from ischemic insult.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-291
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008



  • Ampicillin
  • Global forebrain ischemia
  • Hippocampus
  • Mice
  • Neostriatum
  • Neuroprotection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology

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