Hydrogen-related enhancement of in vivo antioxidant ability in the brain of rats fed coral calcium hydride

Neurochem Res. 2010 Oct;35(10):1510-5. doi: 10.1007/s11064-010-0204-5. Epub 2010 Jul 22.


This study explored the effect of coral calcium hydride (CCH) on rat intrahippocampal antioxidant ability by measuring the PCAM nitroxide radical decay ratio when CCH was (a) co-perfused into the hippocampus and (b) fed orally to the rats for 4 weeks under a freely moving state. Estimation of the in vivo antioxidant effect was obtained by administration of the blood-brain barrier-permeable PCAM nitroxide radical and the measured PCAM radical decay ratio then correlated to the amount of antioxidant in the brain using electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy combined with microdialysis. The half-life periods of PCAM in rats treated with CCH in both the co-perfusion and orally fed groups were significantly shorter compared to the control group. These results clarify the mechanism that CCH may exert antioxidant activity by significantly enhancing the basal endogenous antioxidant ability in the hippocampus through a synergistic effect with α-tocopherol and ascorbic acid.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anthozoa*
  • Antioxidants / metabolism
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology*
  • Ascorbic Acid / pharmacology
  • Calcium Compounds / administration & dosage*
  • Calcium Compounds / metabolism
  • Calcium Compounds / pharmacology
  • Diet
  • Drug Synergism
  • Hippocampus / drug effects*
  • Hippocampus / metabolism
  • Hydrogen / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Microdialysis
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • alpha-Tocopherol / pharmacology


  • Antioxidants
  • Calcium Compounds
  • Hydrogen
  • alpha-Tocopherol
  • Ascorbic Acid