Aluminium oxide nanoparticles compromise spatial learning and memory performance in rats

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Imen M'rad
Mustapha Jeljeli
Naima Rihane
Pascal Hilber
Mohsen Sakly
Salem Amara

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Recently, the biosafety and potential influences of nanoparticles on central nervous system have received more attention. In the present study, we assessed the effect of aluminium oxide nanoparticles (Al2O3-NPs) on spatial cognition. Male Wistar rats were intravenously administered Al2O3-NP suspension (20 mg/kg body weight/day) for four consecutive days, after which they were assessed. The results indicated that Al2O3-NPs impaired spatial learning and memory ability. An increment in malondialdehyde levels with a concomitant decrease in superoxide dismutase activity confirmed the induction of oxidative stress in the hippocampus. Additionally, our findings showed that exposure to Al2O3-NPs resulted in decreased acetylcholinesterase activity in the hippocampus. Furthermore, Al2O3-NPs enhanced aluminium (Al) accumulation and disrupted mineral element homoeostasis in the hippocampus. However, they did not change the morphology of the hippocampus. Our results show a connection among oxidative stress, disruption of mineral element homoeostasis, and Al accumulation in the hippocampus, which leads to spatial memory deficit in rats treated with Al2O3-NPs.

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M’rad, I., Jeljeli, M., Rihane, N., Hilber, P., Sakly, M., & Amara, S. (2018). Aluminium oxide nanoparticles compromise spatial learning and memory performance in rats. EXCLI Journal, 17, 200-210. https://doi.org/10.17179/excli2017-1050
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