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Department of Immunology, School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.
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Background: Thymus vulgaris, or thyme belongs to the Lamiaceae family of aromatic plant species and has established antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. We examined the association between thyme extract treatment to recovered urinary levels of melatonin, a hormone with neuroprotective effects, in mice induced with EAE.

Methods: Eight B6 mice induced with EAE were randomized into two groups and exposed to either 50 mg/kg of thyme extract or PBS. After EAE induction, mice were injected i.p every other day from day 0 to 21. Four B6 mice without EAE were considered the healthy control group. Urine samples were collected consecutively for two 24 h periods on day 19 and 20. We examined whether thyme extract treatment modified urinary melatonin sulfate concentration (ng/mL) in EAE-induced mice using an ELISA.

Results: The clinical score and body weight in thyme-treated EAE group were significantly lower in comparison to the EAE control group at indicated time points. The urinary melatonin concentration was significantly lower in the EAE control group compared to the healthy mice. There was no significant difference between thyme-treated and EAE groups regarding the urine melatonin concentration.

Conclusions: Our results show that exposing EAE mice to thyme extract improved their clinical symptoms, however, there was no significant effect on urinary melatonin concentration.
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Type of Article: Original Article | Subject: Biochemistry
Received: 2019/08/11 | Accepted: 2019/12/15

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