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BioMed Research International
Volume 2018, Article ID 7210783, 12 pages
Research Article

α-Tocopherol Ameliorates Redox Equilibrium and Reduces Inflammatory Response Caused by Chronic Variable Stress

1Department of Toxicology, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin 20-093, Poland
2Department of Biological Bases of Animal Production, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Lublin 20-950, Poland

Correspondence should be addressed to Magdalena Izdebska; lp.bulmu@aksbedzi.aneladgam

Received 20 August 2018; Revised 20 October 2018; Accepted 28 October 2018; Published 8 November 2018

Academic Editor: Milton O. Moraes

Copyright © 2018 Mariola Herbet et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Chronic exposure to stress factors contributes to the development of depression by generating excess of reactive oxygen species which leads to oxidative stress and inflammatory processes. The aim of the study was to assess the potential protective properties of α-tocopherol supplementation on the rats exposed to chronic variable stress (CVS). Male Wistar rats (50-55 days old, weighing 200-250 g) were divided into three groups (n=10): control, stressed, and stressed and receiving (+)-α-tocopherol solution in a dose of 100 mg/kg/day. Rats in the stressed groups were exposed to CVS for 40 days. Markers of redox disorders (glutathione reduced and oxidized levels, GSH/GSSG ratio, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase activities, total antioxidant status, and lipid peroxidation) and inflammatory response (IL-1β, IL6, and TNF-α) were determined in the blood. Additionally, molecular biomarkers of depression (expression of Fkbp5 and Tph2) were studied in hippocampus. The biochemical analysis was inconclusive about the presence of oxidative stress in the blood of rats exposed to CVS. However, changes in all parameters suggest presence of redox equilibrium disorders. Similarly, activation of inflammatory processes was observed as a result of CVS. Molecular effects of environmental stress in hippocampus were also observed. Generally, α-tocopherol ameliorated redox equilibrium disorders, tempered inflammatory response, and protected from changes in determined molecular markers of depression.