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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 145914, 12 pages
Research Article

Diene Valepotriates from Valeriana glechomifolia Prevent Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Sickness and Depressive-Like Behavior in Mice

1Programa de Pós Graduação em Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 90610-000 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
2Programa de Pós Graduação em Neurociências, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 90046-900 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
3Faculdade de Veterinária, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 91540-000 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

Received 10 March 2015; Revised 24 May 2015; Accepted 26 May 2015

Academic Editor: David Mischoulon

Copyright © 2015 Liz G. Müller 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.


Valeriana glechomifolia, a native species from southern Brazil, presents antidepressant-like activity and diene valepotriates (VAL) contribute to the pharmacological properties of the genus. It is known that depression can develop on an inflammation background in vulnerable patients and antidepressants present anti-inflammatory properties. We investigated the effects of VAL (10 mg/kg, p.o.) on sickness and depressive-like behaviors as well as proinflammatory cytokines (IL-1β and TNF-α) and BDNF expression in the cortex of mice exposed to a 5 min swimming session (as a stressful stimulus) 30 min before the E. coli LPS injection (600 µg/kg, i.p.). The forced swim + LPS induced sickness and depressive-like behaviors, increased the cortical expression of IL-1β and TNF-α, and decreased BDNF expression. VAL was orally administered to mice 1 h before (pretreatment) or 5 h after (posttreatment) E. coli LPS injection. The pretreatment with VAL restored the behavioral alterations and the expression of cortical proinflammatory cytokines in LPS-injected animals but had no effects on BDNF expression, while the posttreatment rescued only behavioral alterations. Our results demonstrate for the first time the positive effects of VAL in an experimental model of depression associated with inflammation, providing new data on the range of action of these molecules.