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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 231-234

Pharmacological and biochemical evidence for the antidepressant effect of the herbal preparation Trans-01

1 Department of Pharmacology and Pharmachemistry, VL College of Pharmacy, Manikprabhu Temple Road, Raichur - 584 103, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Biotechnology, JNTU University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Md. Shalam
Department of Pharmacology and Pharmachemistry, VL College of Pharmacy, Manikprabhu Temple Road, Raichur - 584 103, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7613.37273

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In this study, Trans-01, a polyherbal formulation, was explored for its antidepressant properties, using the forced swim test (FST), tail suspension test (TST) and forced swimming stress (FSS)-induced alterations in serum corticosterone levels. For this purpose, the effect different doses of Trans-01 (25, 50, 75 and 100 mg/kg; PO) were studied. Trans-01 was found to safe up to a dose of 5000 mg/kg since no mortality was observed within 48 h of administration. In TST, Trans-01 showed a dose-dependent decrease in immobility time, which is an indication of its antidepressant effect; this finding was further reinforced in the FST, where a significant effect on immobility was witnessed. However, to explore the possible mechanism of action of Trans-01, the FSS was used to induce corticosterone levels; Trans-01 significantly attenuated the elevated corticosteroid levels. A locomotor activity test was carried out to ascertain whether the antidepressant effect of Trans-01 included general body stimulation. These results indicate that Trans-01 can be a potential candidate for managing depression. However further studies are required to substantiate the same which are underway in our lab.


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