INTRODUCTION: Acrylamide is a widely used chemical in industrial manufacturing and laboratory studies. Long term use of this chemical causes axonal degeneration.
METHODS: In this study, 20 mg/kg of acrylamide was administered to Wistar-albino rats daily and effects on sciatic nerve and any potential protective activity of intermittent fasting were investigated. Effect of acrylamide and intermittent fasting was assessed by immunefluorescent method.
RESULTS: As a result paralysis in hind legs and coordination problems during walking was observed in acrylamide administered group. These problems were less frequent in intermittent fasting group. In addition, a decrease in neurofilament number was observed in acrylamide group whereas neurofilament level was similar with control group in intermittent fasting group.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Concomitant administration of acrylamide and intermittent fasting caused ameliorating effect of intermittent fasting. A potential protective effect of intermittent fasting against acrylamide can be considered according to such results.