Nat Prod Sci.  2020 Sep;26(3):221-229. 10.20307/nps.2020.26.3.221.

Protective Effect of Rice Bran Oil against β-Amyloid Protein-Induced Memory Impairment and Neuronal Death in Mice

  • 1College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 28644, Republic of Korea
  • 2College of Pharmacy, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 28160, Republic of Korea


This study was undertaken to investigate the protective effect of rice bran oil (RBO) on amyloid β protein (Aβ) (25-35)-induced memory impairment and brain damage in an ICR mouse model. Memory impairment was produced by intracerebroventricular microinjection of 15 nmol Aβ (25-35) and assessed using the passive avoidance test. Treatment with RBO at 0.1, 0.5, or 1 mL/kg (p.o. daily for 8 days) protected against Aβ (25-35)-induced memory impairment. Furthermore, Aβ (25-35)-induced decreases in glutathione and increases in lipid peroxidation and cholinesterase activity in brain tissue were inhibited by RBO, and Aβ (25-35)-induced increases of phosphorylated mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) and inflammatory factors, and changes in the levels of apoptosis-related proteins were significantly inhibited by RBO. Furthermore, Aβ (25-35) suppressed the PI3K/Akt pathway and the phosphorylation of CREB, but increased phosphorylation of tau (ptau) in mice brain; these effects were significantly inhibited by administration of RBO. These results suggest that RBO inhibits Aβ (25-35)-induced memory impairment by inducing anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory effects, promoting PI3K/Akt/CREB signaling, and thus, inhibiting p-tau formation.


rice bran oil; Alzheimer's disease; amyloid β protein (25-35); memory impairment; neuroprotection
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