Neuroprotective and neurotoxic effects of monoamine oxidase-B inhibitors and derived metabolites under ischemia in PC12 cells
Abu-Raya S, Tabakman R, Blaugrund E, Trembovler V, Lazarovici P.
Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics,
School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine,
The Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91120, Israel.
Eur J Pharmacol. 2002 Jan 11;434(3):109-16


Selegiline and rasagiline are selective and irreversible monoamine oxidase-B inhibitors that exert neuroprotective effects in various preclinical models. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of selegiline and its major metabolite, L-methamphetamine in comparison to rasagiline and its major metabolite, 1-R-aminoindan on oxygen-glucose deprivation induced cell death in nerve growth factor (NGF)-differentiated pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells. Our results show that selegiline reduces oxygen-glucose deprivation induced cell death by 30%. When the cultures were treated with rasagiline at similar concentrations, cell death induced by oxygen-glucose deprivation was reduced by 45-55%. L-methamphetamine, a major selegiline metabolite, but not 1-R-aminoindan, the major rasagiline metabolite, enhanced oxygen-glucose deprivation-induced cell death by 70%. Under normoxic conditions, both metabolites lack neurotoxicity. Concomitant exposure of the cultures under oxygen-glucose deprivation, to a combination of either selegiline and L-methamphetamine or rasagiline and 1-R-aminoindan, indicated that L-methamphetamine, but not 1-R-aminoindan, blocked the neuroprotective effect of the parental drug. These results suggest there may be a neuroprotective advantage of rasagiline over selegiline.

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