Vigabatrin (VGB), a potent selective γ-aminobutyric acid transaminase (GABA-T) inhibitor, is an approved non-traditional anti-seizure drug for patients with intractable epilepsy. Nevertheless, its effect on epileptogenesis, and whether this effect is correlated with post-epileptogenic cognitive function remain unclear. Based on lithium-pilocarpine-induced seizure modeling, we evaluated the effect of VGB on epileptogenesis and neuronal damage following status epilepticus in Sprague– Dawley rats. Cognitive evaluations were performed with the aid of inhibitory avoidance testing. We found that VGB could interrupt epileptogenesis by reducing spontaneous recurrent seizures, hippocampal neuronal damage, and chronic mossy fiber sprouting. Nevertheless, VGB did not help with the retention of cognitive performance. Our findings suggest that further research into the role of VGB in epileptogenesis and the treatment of epilepsy in clinical practice is warranted.
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- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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