2-Deoxyglucose terminates pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus in neonatal rats

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Objective: Neonatal status epilepticus (SE) is a life-threatening medical emergency. Unfortunately, up to 50% of neonates with SE are resistant to current antiseizure drugs, highlighting the need for better treatments. This study aims to explore a novel metabolic approach as a potential alternative treatment to control neonatal SE, using the glycolytic inhibitor 2-deoxyglucose (2-DG). Methods: SE was induced by pilocarpine (300 mg/kg, intraperitoneally [ip]) in neonatal Sprague Dawley rats (postnatal day 10 [P10]-P17) and was monitored by video-electroencephalography (V-EEG). After 30 minutes of SE, 2-DG or one of two conventional antiseizure drugs with different mechanisms of action, phenobarbital or levetiracetam, was administrated ip, and V-EEG recording was continued for ~60 additional minutes. The time to seizure cessation after drug injection, EEG scores, and power spectra before and after drug or saline treatment were used to assess drug effects. Results: Once SE became sustained, administration of 2-DG (50, 100, or 500 mg/kg, ip) consistently stopped behavioral and electrographic seizures within 10-15 minutes; lower doses took longer (25-30 minutes) to stop SE, demonstrating a dose-dependent effect. Administration of phenobarbital (30 mg/kg, ip) or levetiracetam (100 mg/kg, ip) also stopped SE within 10-15 minutes in neonatal rats. Significance: Our results suggest that the glycolysis inhibitor 2-DG acts quickly to reduce neuronal hyperexcitability and effectively suppress ongoing seizure activity, which may provide translational value in the treatment of neonatal SE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1528-1537
Number of pages10
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • ASM
  • antiseizure medication
  • developing brain
  • glycolysis
  • metabolism
  • neonatal seizures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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