Combined L-citrulline and glutathione administration prevents neuronal cell death following transient brain ischemia

Kazuya Matsuo, Yasushi Yabuki, Kohji Fukunaga

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We previously reported that oral L-citrulline (L-Cit) administration antagonizes neuronal cell death in hippocampus following transient brain ischemia and that oral glutathione (GSH) administration prevents neuronal death through antioxidant activity. Here, we tested potential synergy of combined L-Cit and GSH administration in protection against neuronal death following cerebral ischemia. One day after a 20-min bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO), mice were orally administered L-Cit or GSH alone (at 40 or 100 mg/kg p.o.) or both (at 40 mg/kg p.o. each) daily for 10 days. The combination, but not L-Cit or GSH alone at 40 mg/kg p.o., significantly prevented neuronal death in the hippocampal CA1 region in BCCAO mice. Consistently, combined L-Cit and GSH administration improved memory-related behavioral deficits observed in BCCAO mice. Combination treatment also significantly rescued reduced endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) protein levels and antagonized eNOS S-glutathionylation seen following BCCAO ischemia. Recovery of eNOS activity was confirmed by in vivo NO production in hippocampus of BCCAO mice. Taken together, combined administration of L-Cit with GSH rescues eNOS function, thereby inhibiting delayed neuronal death in hippocampus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-131
Number of pages9
JournalBrain research
Publication statusPublished - 2017 May 15


  • Bilateral common carotid artery occlusion
  • Endothelial nitric oxide synthase
  • Nitric oxide
  • S-glutathionylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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