Abstract Title:

Hepatoprotective Effects of Zerumbone against Paracetamol-Induced Acute Hepatotoxicity in Rats.

Abstract Source:

Malays J Med Sci. 2018 Mar ;25(2):64-71. Epub 2018 Apr 27. PMID: 30918456

Abstract Author(s):

Asmah Hamid, Liow Say Lee, Saiful Ridzuan Karim, Nurul Farhana Jufri

Article Affiliation:

Asmah Hamid


Background: Zerumbone (ZER) is a major bioactive compound ofa 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 (= 0.041), AST (= 0.044) and total hepatic protein (= 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 (= 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.

Study Type : Animal Study

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