Gangliosides: New Generation of Neuroprotective Agents

  • Sahebarao P. Mahadik
Part of the Advances in Neuroprotection book series (AN, volume 22)


The use of gangliosides for protection of cellular elements from CNS injuries (neuroprotection) is timely and opportunistic. Exogenous gangliosides have been used in animals for more than 15 years to treat mechanical, chemical, and environmental injuries to the CNS. The beneficial effects of use of gangliosides have been evaluated using paradigms that have led to reduction in the loss of functional (behavioral) and structural (morphologic and chemical) deficits associated with injury. The mechanisms of their beneficial effects have been further investigated using a variety of in vitro tissue culture models. Initial studies had primarily been designed to prove that treatment with gangliosides enhanced neural plasticity by stimulating growth and regeneration. Although the significance of this plasticity to the overall long-term recovery following CNS injury is yet to be understood, it is clear that ganglioside treatment has had considerable effect on the reduction of losses in structural and functional parameters associated with acute injury processes. Based on these studies, gangliosides have been used in clinical trials to treat a variety of degenerative diseases, e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, diabetes neuropathies, chronic alcohol neuropathies, tardive dyskinesias, and (recently) CNS strokes.


Nerve Growth Factor Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion Ischemic Injury Membrane Fatty Acid Injury Process 
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