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Resveratrol prevents social deficits in animal model of autism induced by valproic acid

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  • Victorio Bambini-Junior
  • Geancarlo Zanatta
  • Gustavo Della Flora Nunes
  • Gabriela Mueller de Melo
  • Marcus Michels
  • Mellanie Fontes-Dutra
  • Valder Nogueira Freire
  • Rudimar Riesgo
  • Carmem Gottfried
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>7/11/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Neuroscience Letters
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)176-181
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date28/09/14
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) involve a complex interplay of both genetic and environmental risk factors, such as prenatal exposure to valproic acid (VPA). Considering the neuroprotective, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of resveratrol (RSV), we investigated the influence of prenatal RSV treatment on social behaviors of a rodent model of autism induced by prenatal exposure to VPA. In the three-chambered apparatus test, the VPA group showed a reduced place preference conditioned by conspecific and no preference between exploring a wire-cage or a rat enclosed inside a wire cage, revealing sociability impairments. Prenatal administration of RSV prevented the VPA-induced social impairments evaluated in this study. A bioinformatics analysis was used to discard possible molecular interactions between VPA and RSV during administration. The interaction energy between RSV and VPA is weak and highly unstable, suggesting cellular effects instead of a single chemical process. In summary, the present study highlights a promising experimental strategy to evaluate new molecular targets possibly involved in the etiology of autism and developmental alterations implicated in neural and behavioral impairments in ASD.