NBM-T-L-BMX-OS01, semisynthesized from osthole, is a novel inhibitor of histone deacetylase and enhances learning and memory in rats

Ying Chen Yang, Chia Nan Chen, Carol Imei Wu, Wei Jan Huang, Tsun Yung Kuo, Ming Chung Kuan, Tung Hu Tsai, Jing Shi Huang, Chung Yang Huang

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NBM-T-L-BMX-OS01 (BMX) was derived from the semisynthesis of osthole, isolated from Cnidium monnieri (L.) Cuss., and was identified to be a potent inhibitor of HDAC8. This study shows that HDAC8 is highly expressed in the pancreas and the brain. The function of HDAC8 in the brain has not been adequately studied. Because BMX enhances neurite outgrowth and cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) activation, the effect of BMX on neural plasticity such as learning and memory is examined. To examine declarative and nondeclarative memory, a water maze, a passive one-way avoidance task, and a novel object recognition task were performed. Results from the water maze revealed that BMX and suberoylanilide-hydroxamic-acid-(SAHA-) treated rats showed shorter escape latency in finding the hidden platform. The BMX-treated animals spent more time in the target quadrant in the probe trial performance. An analysis of the passive one-way avoidance results showed that the BMX-treated animals stayed longer in the illuminated chamber by 1 day and 7 days after footshock. The novel object recognition task revealed that the BMX-treated animals showed a marked increase in the time spent exploring novel objects. Furthermore, BMX ameliorates scopolamine-(Sco-) induced learning and memory impairment in animals, indicating a novel role of BMX in learning and memory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number514908
JournalEvidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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