Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 142–145

Neurohumoral alterations and their role in amoebiasis


    • Department of Biochemistry Faculty of Life SciencesA.M. University
  • Kashif R. Zaidi
    • Department of Biochemistry Faculty of Life SciencesA.M. University
  • Ghazala Mehdi
    • Department of Pathology, J.N. Medical CollegeA.M. University
  • Tariq Mansoor
    • Department of Surgery, J.N. Medical CollegeA.M. University

DOI: 10.1007/BF02867414

Cite this article as:
Banu, N., Zaidi, K.R., Mehdi, G. et al. Indian J Clin Biochem (2005) 20: 142. doi:10.1007/BF02867414


Amoebiasis is world wide in distribution and continues to be an important Public health problem. Intestinal amoebiasis may be present as dysentery, diarrhea or may stimulate other intra abdominal conditions. Clinical symptoms may not be seen in majority of patients, while amebic cysts are passed in the stool. This single-celled parasite is transmitted to humans via contaminated water and food. Amoebic dysentery can be accompanied by amebic infection of the liver and other organs. The present study was carried out to evaluate the changes in the circulating levels of neurohumors, their metabolizing enzymes and cortisol in these patients both before and after one month of chemotherapy. In the patients of amoebiasis the circulating acetylcholine (ACh), histamine, histaminase, cortisol, 5-Hydroxy tryptamine (serotonin) levels were significnatly enhanced with no change in the Dopamine-beta-hydroxylase (DBH) activity, while the activities of erythrocyte aceytylcholinesterase (AChE) and plasma Monoamine oxidase (MAO) were found decreased in comparison to normal healthy controls. After one month of treatment all the parameters reverted towards their control values, while the level of plasma histaminase remained still significantly high. The normal DBH activity reflects that there is no alteration in the circulating catecholamine levels. while the alteration in the levels of histamine, serotonin and cortisol may be due to the nonspecific response of the body to the stress of the disease and the parasitic infestation.

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