Abstract Title:

Effects of glutamine and curcumin on bacterial translocation in jaundiced rats.

Abstract Source:

World J Gastroenterol. 2010 Sep 14;16(34):4313-20. PMID: 20818815

Abstract Author(s):

Oguzhan Karatepe, Ersin Acet, Muharrem Battal, Gokhan Adas, Ahu Kemik, Merih Altiok, Gulcin Kamali, Safiye Koculu, Atahan Catay, Sedat Kamali, Servet Karahan

Article Affiliation:

Department of Surgery, Okmeydani Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul 34715, Turkey. drkaratepe@yahoo.com


AIM: To investigate the effect of curcumin on bacterial translocation and oxidative damage in an obstructive jaundice model and compare the results to glutamine, an agent known to be effective and clinically used.

METHODS: Twenty-four female Wistar-Albino rats, weighing 200-250 g, were randomly divided into three groups (8 in each group). After ligation of the common bile duct in all animals, Group I received oral normal saline, Group II received oral glutamine and Group III received oral curcumin for seven days. Blood samples via cardiac puncture, tissue samples (terminal ileum, liver and mesenteric lymph node) and peritoneal fluid were obtained from the animals at the time of death to investigate bacterial translocation and oxidative damage.

RESULTS: We observed that both glutamine and curcumin reduced bacterial translocation in blood, hepatocellular damage, plasma cytokine levels, oxidative tissue damage and apoptosis significantly compared to the control group. Additionally, glutamine showed protective effects on ileal epithelium and reduced villus atrophy.

CONCLUSION: On the basis of these findings, both curcumin and glutamine are thought to be effective in preventing or reducing bacterial translocation and oxidative damage in obstructive jaundice.

Study Type : Animal Study

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