To explore the effects of Salvia miltiorrhiza
Bge.extract(SMBE) on diethylnitrosamine(DEN)-
induced liver cirrhosis in rats.
SMBE was obtained by extracting dried Salvia miltiorrhiza
Bge. in water. Liver cirrhosis was
induced in Wistar rats by injecting diethylnitrosamine in abdominal cavity once a week for 8 weeks.
Concurrently, rats received either daily oral SMBE (SMBE group) or saline (control group). Clinical
biochemical assessments, oxidative stress tests (malondialdehyde [MDA], superoxide dismutase
[SOD]) were performed at 4 and 8 weeks after beginning DEN.
Compared to the control group, both plasma alanine transaminase (ALT, 245.6 ± 8.5 U/L) and
aspartate aminotransferase (AST, 205.7 ± 5.1 U/L) were significantly lower in SMBE group after 8
weeks (p < 0.01 for both ALT and AST). SMBE group exhibited significantly lower MDA (0.41 ± 0.04
μmol/L) levels and higher SOD(0.53 ± 0.05 U/mg protein) activity than control at 8 weeks after
commencing DEN (p < 0.01 for both MDA and SOD).
SMBE has significant ameliorative effect on DEN-induced liver cirrhosis in rats. Antioxidant
and anti-apoptotic effects of SMBE appear to be involved in these beneficial effects.