Mildronate's protective effects in the peripheral nervous system: Stavudine-induced neuropathy and formalin-induced inflammation

Jolanta Pupure, Juris Rumaks, Sergejs Isajevs, Olga Korzakova, Jelena Puncule, Simons Svirskis, Ivars Kalviņš, Vija Kluša

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Mildronate, previously known as a cardioprotective drug, recently was found to normalise mitochondrial processes by preventing the dysfunction of complex I in rat liver mitochondria. Previously we have shown also the ability of mildronate to prevent pathologies in the central nervous system by normalizing the expression of different signalling molecules in brain tissue. This allowed us to suggest that mildronate may possess a beneficial role also in peripheral nervous system pathologies. The present study was designed to assess the peripheral tissue damage caused by anti-HIV drug stavudine, as well as pain and inflammation caused by formalin. For this demonstration, we investigated the influence of mildronate: (1) on decreased myelin expression and increased neuron degeneration in rat sciatic nerve tissue caused by stavudine; and (2) on formalin-induced inflammation in mice. We found that mildronate protected the stavudine-induced degeneration of neurons in rat peripheral sciatic nerve without a significant influence on demyelination. In a formalin test, mildronate showed anti-inflammatory action comparable to that of indomethacin, a reference drug. The present results show that mildronate is capable of regulating peripheral nerve damage and peripheral inflammatory responses. We suggest that the multifunctional effects of mildronate can be attributed to its ability to regulate mitochondrial processes. The obtained data indicate protective effects of mildronate in different peripheral neurological pathologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-118
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Section B: Natural, Exact, and Applied Sciences
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Formalin-induced inflammation
  • Mildronate
  • Sciatic nerve
  • Stavudine toxicity

Field of Science*

  • 3.1 Basic medicine
  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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