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Centella asiatica is notable for its wide range of biological activities beneficial to human health, particularly its cognitive enhancement and neuroprotective effects. The α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors are ionotropic glutamate receptors mediating fast excitatory neurotransmission essential in long-term potentiation widely thought to be the cellular mechanism of learning and memory. The method of whole-cell patch-clamp was used to study the effect of the acute application of Centella asiatica extract on the α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor-mediated spontaneous excitatory postsynaptic currents in the entorhinal cortex of rat brain slices. The respective low dose of test compounds significantly increased the amplitude of spontaneous excitatory postsynaptic currents while having no significant effects on the frequency. The findings suggested that Centella asiatica extract increased the response of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors at the postsynaptic level, revealing the potential role of Centella asiatica in modulating the glutamatergic responses in the entorhinal cortex of rat brain slices to produce cognitive enhancement effects. © 2020 Wong et al. Published by IMR press.


Jia Hui Wong, Faruque Reza, Sangu Muthuraju, Huei Gau Chuang, Jingli Zhang, Mohd Harizal Senik, Siti Rafidah Yusof, Habsah Mohamad, Tengku Sifzizul Tengku Muhammad, Nor Hadiani Ismail, Jafri Malin Abdullah. Acute application of Centella asiatica extract enhanced AMPAR-mediated postsynaptic currents in rat entorhinal cortex. Journal of integrative neuroscience. 2020 Jun 30;19(2):217-227

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