Braz-De-Melo 2019 Sci Rep

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Braz-De-Melo HA, Pasquarelli-do-Nascimento G, Corrêa R, das Neves Almeida R, de Oliveira Santos I, Prado PS, Picolo V, de Bem AF, Pizato N, Magalhães KG (2019) Potential neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects provided by omega-3 (DHA) against Zika virus infection in human SH-SY5Y cells. Sci Rep 9:20119.

» PMID: 31882804 Open Access

Braz-De-Melo HA, Pasquarelli-do-Nascimento G, Correa R, das Neves Almeida R, de Oliveira Santos I, Prado PS, Picolo V, De Bem Andreza Fabro, Pizato N, Magalhaes KG (2019) Sci Rep

Abstract: Zika virus (ZIKV) has a strong tropism for the nervous system and has been related to post-infection neurological syndromes. Once neuronal cells are infected, the virus is capable of modulating cell metabolism, leading to neurotoxicity and cellular death. The negative effect of ZIKV in neuron cells has been characterized. However, the description of molecules capable of reversing these cytotoxic effects is still under investigation. In this context, it has been largely demonstrated that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, is highly neuroprotective. Here, we hypothesized that DHA's neuroprotective proprieties could have an influence on ZIKV-induced neurotoxicity in SH-SY5Y cells. Our data showed that pre-treatment of SH-SY5Y cells with DHA increased the cell viability and proliferation in ZIKV-infected cells. Moreover, DHA triggered an anti-inflammatory response in those infected cells. Besides, DHA was capable of restoring mitochondria function and number in ZIKV-infected SH-SY5Y cells. In addition, cells pre-treated with DHA prior to ZIKV infection presented a lower viral load at different times of infection. Taking together, these results demonstrated that DHA has a potential anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effect against ZIKV infection in these neuron-like cells and could be a useful tool in the treatment against this virus.


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Labels: MiParea: Respiration, mt-Medicine, Pharmacology;toxicology  Pathology: Infectious 

Organism: Human  Tissue;cell: Neuroblastoma  Preparation: Intact cells 


Coupling state: LEAK, ET  Pathway: ROX  HRR: Oxygraph-2k 

Labels, 2020-01, Virus