Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology

, Volume 391, Issue 4, pp 445–453 | Cite as

Improved neuroprotective effect of resveratrol nanoparticles as evinced by abrogation of rotenone-induced behavioral deficits and oxidative and mitochondrial dysfunctions in rat model of Parkinson’s disease

  • Suresh Palle
  • Prasad Neerati
Original Article


The objective of the present study was to evaluate the protective effect of resveratrol nanoparticles (NRSV) against rotenone-induced neurodegeneration in rats. NRSV were prepared by temperature-controlled antisolvent precipitation method and characterized for its particle size, shape, and dissolution properties. Moreover, NRSV effects compared with the free resveratrol (RSV). Animals were divided into four groups: (I) control, (II) rotenone (2 mg/kg s.c.), (III) RSV (40 mg/kg, p.o.) + rotenone, and (IV) NRSV (40 mg/kg, p.o.) + rotenone. Animals received treatments 30 min before rotenone administration for a period of 35 days. Behavioral quantifications were done using rota rod test and rearing behavior after 24 h of last dose. Animals were euthanized, and mid brains were isolated for the estimation of tricarboxylic acid cycle enzymes, oxidative measures (lipid peroxidation (LPO), glutathione (GSH), and catalase), and complex-I activity. In addition, histopathological studies were also performed. Our results showed that chronic rotenone treatment causes motor deficits, decreased rearing behavior, mitochondrial dysfunction, and oxidative stress. Furthermore, histological analysis demonstrated neuronal degeneration in rotenone-treated rats. An important finding of the present study was NRSV showed comparatively better efficacy than the RSV treatment in attenuating the rotenone-induced Parkinson’s like behavioral alterations, biochemical and histological changes, oxidative stress, and mitochondrial dysfunction in rats.


Parkinson’s disease Resveratrol Nanoparticles Rotenone 



University College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kakatiya University, support for the routine reagents and permission to animal holding for this research.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DMPK & Clinical Pharmacology Division, Department of PharmacologyUniversity College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kakatiya UniversityWarangalIndia

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