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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 42  |  Page : 410-416

Bacopa monnieri promotes longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans under stress conditions

Department of Microbial Technology and Nematology, CSIR - Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Rakesh Pandey
Department of Microbial Technology and Nematology, CSIR - Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, P.O. CIMAP, Lucknow - 226 015, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1296.153097

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Background: Bacopa monnieri (L.) Pennell, commonly known as Brahmi is an important medicinal plant traditionally used as memory enhancer and antiepileptic agent. Objective: The present study investigated antioxidant and stress resistance potentials of B. monnieri aqueous extract (BMW) using Caenorhabditis elegans animal model system. Materials and Methods: The antioxidant activity of the BMW was measured using in vitro (DPPH, reducing power and total polyphenol content) and in vivo (DCF-DA assay) assays. The antistress potential of BMW (0.1, 0.01, and 0.001 mg/ml) was evaluated through thermal stress (37°C) and oxidative stress (10 mM paraquat) using C. elegans. Quantification of the HSP-16.2 level was done using CL2070 transgenic worms. Results: Present study reveals that BMW possess in vitro and in vivo antioxidant activities. BMW significantly enhanced stress tolerance and increased the mean lifespan of worms during thermal and oxidative stress, although it did not extend lifespan at 20°C and attenuated age dependent decline in physiological behaviors. Moreover, it was shown that BMW was able to up-regulate expression of stress associated gene hsp-16.2, which significantly (P < 0.001) extends the mean lifespan of worms under stress conditions. Conclusion: The study strongly suggests that BMW acts as an antistressor and potent reactive oxygen species scavenger which enhances the survival of the worms in different stress conditions.

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