Protective Effect of Vitamin E Against Lead-induced Memory and Learning Impairment in Male Rats


Background: Lead (Pb2+) is a neurotoxin substance that has been known for its adverse effects on central nervous system and memory. Previous studies reported the potential effect of vitamin E as a memory enhancer. Objectives: The purpose of the present study was to assess the protective effects of vitamin E against Pb-induced amnesia. Materials and Methods: Forty-eight male Wistar rats (200-250 g) were divided equally into the saline, Pb, Pb + vitamin E, and vitamin E alone groups. To induce Pb toxicity, rats received water that contained 0.2% Pb instead of regular water for 1 month. Rats pretreated, treated or post treated with vitamin E (150 mg/kg) for 2 months. Passive avoidance learning was assessed using Shuttle-Box after two months. Retention was tested 24 and 48 hours after training. Results: The results showed that Pb caused impairment in acquisition and retrieval processes in passive avoidance learning. Vitamin E reversed learning and memory deficits in pre, post or coexposure with Pb (P < 0.001). Conclusions: According to the results of this study, administration of vitamin E to rats counteracts the negative effects of Pb on learning and memory. To more precisely extrapolate these findings to humans, future clinical studies are warranted.

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@inproceedings{Salehi2015ProtectiveEO, title={Protective Effect of Vitamin E Against Lead-induced Memory and Learning Impairment in Male Rats}, author={Iraj Salehi and Maryam Sahab Soleimani and Mahsa Poorhamze and Fahimeh Ghasemi Moravej and Alireza Komaki and Sara Soleimani Asl and Sara Soleimani}, year={2015} }