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We investigated the effects of apocynin (APO) on experimental sciatic nerve compression injury in rabbits. We used 21 male rabbits divided randomly into three groups of seven. The control group was subjected to sciatic nerve compression with no further intervention. The APO treated group was subjected to compression injury and 20 mg/kg APO was administered daily for 21 days by intraperitoneal injection beginning the day after the injury. The sham group was treated with APO without injury. The control group exhibited shrinkage of axons, disruption of myelin sheaths and loss of nerve fibers. The damage for the control group was significantly greater than for the sham group. The severity of histopathology was decreased in the APO treated group compared to the control group, as was the oxidative stress index. Our findings suggest that APO treatment may contribute to healing of sciatic nerve damage.


Mehmet Akif Durak, Onural Ozhan, Bora Tetik, Azibe Yildiz, Zeynep Aksungur, Nigar Vardi, Yusuf Turkoz, Muharrem Ucar, Hakan Parlakpinar. Effects of apocynin on sciatic nerve injury in rabbits. Biotechnic & histochemistry : official publication of the Biological Stain Commission. 2023 Apr;98(3):172-178

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