Effect of Ganoderma lucidum on the activities of mitochondrial dehydrogenases and complex I and II of electron transport chain in the brain of aged rats

Exp Gerontol. 2009 Mar;44(3):219-23. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2008.11.002. Epub 2008 Nov 13.

Abstract

Dysfunction of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, being direct intracellular source of reactive oxygen species (ROS), is important in the pathogenesis of number of ageing associated human disorders. Effect of ethanol extract of Ganoderma lucidum on the activities of mitochondrial dehydrogenases; complex I and II of electron transport chain have been evaluated in the aged rat brain. Aged male Wistar rats were administered with ethanol extract of G. lucidum (50 and 250mg/kg, p.o) once daily for 15 days. Similarly DL-alpha-lipoic acid (100mg/kg, p.o) administered group was kept as the reference standard. Young and aged rats administered with water were kept as young and aged control, respectively. The effect of treatment was assessed by estimating the activities of succinate dehydrogenase (SDH), malate dehydrogenase (MDH), alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase (alpha-KGDH), pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH), complex I and II in the mitochondria of rat brain. Results of the study demonstrated that the extract of G. lucidum (50 and 250mg/kg) significantly (p<0.01) enhanced the activities of PDH, alpha-KGDH, SDH, complex I and II when compared to that of the aged control animals. The level of the lipid peroxidation was significantly lowered (p<0.01) in the G. lucidum treated group with respect to that of aged control. However, we could not find any statistically significant difference between the activities of enzymes in groups treated with 50 and 250mg/kg of G. lucidum. The activity exhibited by the extract of G. lucidum in the present study can be partially correlated to its antioxidant activity. The results of the study concluded that the extract of G. lucidum may effective to improve the function of mitochondria in aged rat brain, suggest its possible therapeutic application against ageing associated neurodegenerative diseases.

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Brain / drug effects
  • Brain / metabolism
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / pharmacology*
  • Electron Transport / drug effects*
  • Electron Transport Chain Complex Proteins / drug effects
  • Electron Transport Chain Complex Proteins / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Lipid Peroxidation / drug effects
  • Male
  • Mitochondria / drug effects
  • Mitochondria / enzymology*
  • Oxidoreductases / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / pharmacology
  • Reishi / chemistry*

Substances

  • Antioxidants
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal
  • Electron Transport Chain Complex Proteins
  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • Oxidoreductases