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Glutathione is an endogenous tripeptide antioxidant whose function is to prevent free radical-mediated cellular injury (Schulz et al., 2000). It is found in nearly every cell in the body, and almost exclusively in its reduced form (GSH) due to the constitutive activity of glutathione reductase which converts it from the oxidized state, glutathione disulfide (GSSG). Under conditions of oxidative stress, glutathione reductase is inducible, and hence is able to increase the reducing equivalents essential to neutralize unstable molecules such as reactive oxygen species (Schulz et al., 2000).

It is well known that an increase in the mitochondrial membrane potential (▵ψ) can promote mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation through increased electron shunting (Votyakova et al., 2001). Mitochondrial uncoupling proteins (UCPs) – which are activated by fatty acids – increase proton conductance and dissipate ▵ψ, thereby decreasing ROS formation (Mattson & Liu, 2003). Recent studies have implicated UCPs as potential mediators of a neuroprotective effect of the KD. Up-regulation of UCP2 expression in transgenic mice reduced seizure-induced neuronal cell death, and was associated with enhanced ATP levels and decreased ROS production (Diano et al., 2003). In normal rats, a high-fat suckling diet was protective against kainate-induced neuronal death in immature rat hippocampus, effects that were attributed to fatty acid-induced increases in UCP2 expression and reduction in ROS production (Sullivan et al., 2003). And finally, KD treatment in normal juvenile mice led to enhanced hippocampal expression and activity of all three known brain-localizable isoforms of UCP (i.e., UCP2, UCP4 and UCP5), and correlated with significant decreases in ROS levels (Sullivan et al., 2004).

Given these findings, it is not surprising that investigators have studied the effects of dietary supplementation with PUFAs alone, to determine whether these substrates can render an anticonvulsant effect. Early case reports suggested that seizures might be better controlled with this approach (Schlanger et al., 2002). However, a recent randomized trial in adult patients with epilepsy failed to demonstrate superiority of a PUFA supplement (EPA) plus DHA, 2.2 mg/day in a 3:2 ratio) over placebo (Bromfield et al., 2008). Thus, the jury is still out as to whether PUFAs alone can mirror the clinical effects of the KD.

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