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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 25, No. 2, 2018, pp. 64-71
Bioline Code: mj18022
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2018, pp. 64-71

 en Hepatoprotective Effects of Zerumbone against Paracetamol-Induced Acute Hepatotoxicity in Rats
Hamid, Asmah; Lee, Liow Say; Karim, Saiful Ridzuan & Jufri, Nurul Farhana


    Background: Zerumbone (ZER) is a major bioactive compound of Zingiber zerumbet check for this species in other resources , a wild ginger plant that has been documented to have anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. To investigate its hepatoprotective potential, this study was designed to determine the treatment effects of ZER on acute hepatotoxicity induced by paracetamol (PCM) in rats.
    Methods: The control group was administered with phosphate buffer solution (PBS) while the other two groups received PCM alone (1000 mg/kg) and PCM + 25 mg/kg ZER, respectively, at 0 h and 4 h after PCM injection. After 24 h, the blood and liver were collected for differential white blood cell count, liver histological observation and biochemical analysis including alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and total protein concentration in serum and liver.
    Results: Treatment with ZER was found to significantly reduce ALT (P = 0.041), AST (P = 0.044) and total hepatic protein (P = 0.045) in comparison to PCM-induced rats. Rats treated with ZER exhibited the normal structure of hepatocytes with no vacuolisation or necrosis and showed significantly reduced neutrophil count (P = 0.037). This finding suggests its ability to suppress the inflammatory processes caused by PCM overdosage and decrease the hepatocytes tendency to go through necrotic processes.
    Conclusion: ZER possessed protective activity against PCM-induced acute hepatotoxicity in a rat model.

zerumbone; paracetamol; oxidative stress; liver; toxicity

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