Here we show that eugenol has an antidepressant-like activity comparable to that of imipramine using a forced swim test and a tail suspension test in mice. Furthermore, we show that both eugenol and imipramine induce brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the hippocampus with and without induction of metallothionein-III (MT-III), respectively. It may be possible that MT-III expression is involved in the exhibition of antidepressant-like activity of eugenol, not of imipramine.
- Brain-derived neurotrophic factor
- Disorders of the nervous system
- Neuropsychiatric disorders
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Neurology
- Developmental Biology