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Efficacy of N-acetyl cysteine in traumatic brain injury

Eakin, K and Baratz-Goldstein, R and Pick, CG and Zindel, O and Balaban, CD and Hoffer, ME and Lockwood, M and Miller, J and Hoffer, BJ (2014) Efficacy of N-acetyl cysteine in traumatic brain injury. PLoS ONE, 9 (4).

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In this study, using two different injury models in two different species, we found that early post-injury treatment with NAcetyl Cysteine (NAC) reversed the behavioral deficits associated with the TBI. These data suggest generalization of a protocol similar to our recent clinical trial with NAC in blast-induced mTBI in a battlefield setting [1], to mild concussion from blunt trauma. This study used both weight drop in mice and fluid percussion injury in rats. These were chosen to simulate either mild or moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI). For mice, we used novel object recognition and the Y maze. For rats, we used the Morris water maze. NAC was administered beginning 30-60 minutes after injury. Behavioral deficits due to injury in both species were significantly reversed by NAC treatment. We thus conclude NAC produces significant behavioral recovery after injury. Future preclinical studies are needed to define the mechanism of action, perhaps leading to more effective therapies in man.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Eakin, K
Baratz-Goldstein, R
Pick, CG
Zindel, O
Hoffer, ME
Lockwood, M
Miller, J
Hoffer, BJ
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Date: 16 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: PLoS ONE
Volume: 9
Number: 4
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090617
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Otolaryngology
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 21:01
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2019 00:55


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