Biomed Pharmacother 2021 Apr 14;139:111593. Epub 2021 Apr 14.
School of Dentistry, College of Oral Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 11031, Taiwan; Stem Cell Research Center, College of Oral Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 11031, Taiwan; Graduate Institute of Basic Medicine, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan; Department of Life Science, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan. Electronic address:
Background: Cerebral ischemic events, comprising of excitotoxicity, reactive oxygen production, and inflammation, adversely impact the metabolic-redox circuit in highly active neuronal metabolic profile which maintains energy-dependent brain activities. Therefore, we investigated neuro-regenerative potential of melatonin (Mel), a natural biomaterial secreted by pineal gland.
Methods: We specifically determined whether Mel could influence tunneling nanotubes (TNTs)-mediated transfer of functional mitochondria (Mito) which in turn may alter membrane potential, oxidative stress and apoptotic factors. Read More