Protective Effects of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor on the Development of Hippocampal Kindling in the Rat

Neuroreport. 1995 Oct 2;6(14):1937-41. doi: 10.1097/00001756-199510020-00027.


Recent data have suggested the involvement of neurotrophins in the cascade of events occurring during seizure development. In particular, expression of both brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its receptor mRNAs increases in different brain structures after convulsive seizures. The physiological significance of this increase was investigated by chronic intrahippocampal perfusion of BDNF in the model of dorsal hippocampal kindling in the rat. A 7 day perfusion of BDNF, in the region of the stimulating electrode, blocked the development of kindling during the perfusion period and for the following 15 days. These results provide in vivo evidence for a protective role of BDNF in the regulation of plasticity involved in epileptogenesis in adult brain.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Epilepsy / prevention & control*
  • Hippocampus / drug effects*
  • Kindling, Neurologic / drug effects*
  • Male
  • Nerve Growth Factors / pharmacology*
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / pharmacology*
  • Neuroprotective Agents / pharmacology*
  • Perfusion
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar


  • Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
  • Nerve Growth Factors
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Neuroprotective Agents