Biomol Ther  
Administration of Alphas1-Casein Hydrolysate Increases Sleep and Modulates GABAA Receptor Subunit Expression
Taddesse Yayeh1, Yea-Hyun Leem1, Kyung-Mi Kim2, Jae-Chul Jung2, Jessica Schwarz3, Ki-Wan Oh4 and Seikwan Oh1,*
1Department of Molecular Medicine and TIDRC, School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 07985,
2Life Science Research Institute, Novarex Co., Ltd, Ochang, Cheongwon 28126, Republic of Korea,
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4Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 28160, Republic of Korea
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Received: April 6, 2017; Revised: August 29, 2017; Accepted: September 19, 2017; Published online: January 9, 2018.
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Sleep is the most basic and essential physiological requirement for mental health, and sleep disorders pose potential risks of metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases. Tryptic hydrolysate of αS1-casein (αS1-CH) has been shown to possess stress relieving and sleep promoting effects. However, the differential effects of αS1-CH on electroencephalographic wave patterns and its effects on the protein levels of γ-aminobutyric acid A (GABAA) receptor subtypes in hypothalamic neurons are not well understood. We found αS1-CH (120, 240 mg/kg) increased sleep duration in mice and reduced sleep-wake cycle numbers in rats. While αS1- CH (300 mg/kg) increased total sleeping time in rats, it significantly decreased wakefulness. In addition, electroencephalographic theta (θ) power densities were increased whereas alpha (α) power densities were decreased by αS1-CH (300 mg/kg) during sleep-wake cycles. Furthermore, protein expressions of GABAA receptor β1 subtypes were elevated in rat hypothalamus by αS1-CH. These results suggest αS1-CH, through GABAA receptor modulation, might be useful for treating sleep disorders.
Keywords: Sleep, αS1-CH, Electroencephalogram, GABAA receptor

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