Valproic Acid Attenuated PTZ-induced Oxidative Stress, Inflammation, and Apoptosis in the SH-SY5Y Cells via Modulating the TRPM2 Channel

Ahlatcı A., Yıldızhan K., Tülüce Y., BEKTAŞ M.

NEUROTOXICITY RESEARCH, vol.40, no.6, pp.1979-1988, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12640-022-00622-3
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1979-1988
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Valproic acid (VPA) is one of the most widely used antiepileptic drugs. The protective role of VPA and the role of the TRPM2 channel in this mechanism in developing neuronal damage due to increased pentylenetetrazol (PTZ)-induced neurotoxicity in SH-SY5Y cells were not clarified. Here, we investigated the role of VPA via modulation of TRPM2 channel on cell death and oxidative neurotoxicity in SH-SY5Y cells. The SH-SY5Y cell toxicity model was constructed by treating SH-SY5Y cells with PTZ. The VPA and TRPM2 channel antagonist N-(p-amylcinnamoyl) anthranilic acid (ACA) were added to prevent neurotoxicity in PTZ-induced SH-SY5Y cells. The role of the VPA and TRPM2 channel was evaluated using an ELISA kit and patch-clamp. Primarily, antioxidant (GSH and GSH-Px) and oxidative stress (MDA and ROS) levels and inflammatory factors (IL-1 beta, IL-6, and TNF-alpha) in cells were determined by ELISA kits. Then, TRPM2 channel activation in cells was detected using both the ELISA kit and patch-clamp methods. In addition, apoptosis and cell viability levels in cells were determined by performing PARP1, caspase-3, caspase-9, and CCK-8 assays by ELISA kits. Our results showed that the TRPM2 channel is vital in damage formation in PTZ-induced cells. Furthermore, we observed that VPA attenuated PTZ-induced neurotoxicity by suppressing cells' oxidative stress and inflammation, and reducing TRPM2 channel activation. In our study, in which the protective effect of VPA and the role of the TRPM2 channel in PTZ-induced SH-SY5Y cells were investigated for the first time, we can conclude that VPA treatment and TRPM2 channel blockade can suppress PTZ-induced neurotoxicity.