The effect of levocarnitine acetyl on diabetic peripheral neuropathy induced by a single injection of streptozotocin or alloxan was studied. Levocarnitine acetyl was administered intraperitoneally one week after induction of diabetes at the dose of 50 mg/kg/day for five and ten weeks. At the end of treatment, neuromuscular conduction velocity (m/sec) was evaluated by stimulating the sciatic nerve and recording the soleus muscle potentials evoked, and the muscle contraction force (mm) by measuring the isometric muscular tension. Motor coordination was evaluated on the Rota-rod apparatus. Treatment with levocarnitine acetyl fully prevented the reduction (20%) in the neuromuscular conduction velocity observed in both experimental models of diabetes. The decrease (30-33%) in muscle contraction force was prevented partially in streptozotocin-induced diabetes and fully in alloxan-induced diabetes. Levocarnitine acetyl also improved the concomitantly reduced motor performance. The results of the present study suggest a beneficial effect of levocarnitine acetyl on peripheral neuropathy and muscle performance.
|Titolo:||COUNTERACTION ON EXPERIMENTALLY INDUCED DIABETIC NEUROPATHY BY LEVOCARNITINE ACETYL|
GORIO, ALFREDO (Penultimo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/14 - Farmacologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1992|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|