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Title: Hepatoprotective activity of Luffa acutangula against CCl4 and rifampicin induced liver toxicity in rats: A biochemical and histopathological evaluation
Authors: Jadhav, Vishal B
Thakare, Vishnu N
Suralkar, Anupama A
Deshpande, Avinash D
Naik, Suresh R
Keywords: Antioxidant
Luffa acutangula
Serum marker enzymes
Issue Date: Aug-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Hepatoprotective activity of hydroalcoholic extract of Luffa acutangula (HAELA) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) and rifampicin-induced hepatotoxicity in rats was evaluated and probable mechanism(s) of action has been suggested. Administration of standard drug- silymarin and HAELA showed significant hepatoprotection against CCl4 and rifampicin induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Hepatoprotective activity of HAELA was due to the decreased levels of serum marker enzymes viz., (AST, ALT, ALP and LDH) and increased total protein including the improvement in histoarchitecture of liver cells of the treated groups as compared to the control group. HAELA also showed significant decrease in malondialdehyde (MDA) formation, increased activity of non-enzymatic intracellular antioxidant, glutathione and enzymatic antioxidants, catalase and superoxide dismutase. Results of this study demonstrated that endogenous antioxidants and inhibition of lipid peroxidation of membrane contribute to hepatoprotective activity of HAELA.
Page(s): 822-829
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Source:IJEB Vol.48(08) [August 2010]

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