The behavioral effects of acute administration of two flavonoids, apigenin and chrysin, contained in Matricaria chamomilla and in Passiflora incarnata, respectively, were studied in rats. The data demonstrate that in our experimental conditions, the two flavonoids were equally able to reduce locomotor activity when injected in rats at a minimal effective dose of 25 mgrkg. However, while chrysin exhibited a clear anxiolytic effect when injected at the dose of 1 mgrkg, apigenin failed to exert this activity. The sedative effect of these flavonoids cannot be ascribed to an interaction with GABA]benzodiazepine receptors, since it was not counteracted by the benzodiazepine antagonist Flumazenil. To the contrary, the anxiolyticeffect of chrysin, which was blocked by the injection of Flumazenil, could be linked to an activation of the GABAA receptor unit.

Behavioral characterisation of the flavonoids apigenin and chrysin / Zanoli, Paola; Avallone, Rossella; Baraldi, Mario. - In: FITOTERAPIA. - ISSN 1971-551X. - STAMPA. - 71(2000), pp. S117-S123.

Behavioral characterisation of the flavonoids apigenin and chrysin

ZANOLI, Paola;AVALLONE, Rossella;BARALDI, Mario
2000

Abstract

The behavioral effects of acute administration of two flavonoids, apigenin and chrysin, contained in Matricaria chamomilla and in Passiflora incarnata, respectively, were studied in rats. The data demonstrate that in our experimental conditions, the two flavonoids were equally able to reduce locomotor activity when injected in rats at a minimal effective dose of 25 mgrkg. However, while chrysin exhibited a clear anxiolytic effect when injected at the dose of 1 mgrkg, apigenin failed to exert this activity. The sedative effect of these flavonoids cannot be ascribed to an interaction with GABA]benzodiazepine receptors, since it was not counteracted by the benzodiazepine antagonist Flumazenil. To the contrary, the anxiolyticeffect of chrysin, which was blocked by the injection of Flumazenil, could be linked to an activation of the GABAA receptor unit.
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Behavioral characterisation of the flavonoids apigenin and chrysin / Zanoli, Paola; Avallone, Rossella; Baraldi, Mario. - In: FITOTERAPIA. - ISSN 1971-551X. - STAMPA. - 71(2000), pp. S117-S123.
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