Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 3659–3665 | Cite as

Curcumin and quercetin synergistically attenuate subacute diazinon-induced inflammation and oxidative neurohepatic damage, and acetylcholinesterase inhibition in albino rats

  • Mohamed M. Abdel-DiamEmail author
  • Dalia H. Samak
  • Yasser S. El-Sayed
  • Lotfi Aleya
  • Saud Alarifi
  • Saad Alkahtani
Research Article


The ubiquitous use of diazinon (DZN, an organophosphorus insecticide) has increased the probability of occupational, public, and the ecosystem exposure; these exposures are linked to negative health outcomes. The flavonoids curcumin (CUR) and quercetin (QUE) exert significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities against toxicants, including insecticides. However, it is unclear whether their combination enhances these activities. Therefore, 40 albino rat were divided randomly into the CTR, DZN, CUR + DZN, QUE + DZN, and CUR + QUE + DZN groups, which are treated daily via gavage for 28 days. DZN induced neurohepatic inflammation and oxidative damage, which was confirmed by significant (P < 0.05) induction of aspartate and alanine aminotransferases, alkaline phosphatase, lactate dehydrogenase, γ-glutamyl transferase, and tumor necrosis factor-α and inhibition of acetylcholinesterase activity. Furthermore, the liver and brain of DZN-exposed rats exhibited a notable elevation in MDA level paralleled with reduction in antioxidant molecules, i.e., glutathione, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase. The pretreatment of DZN-intoxicated rats with CUR or QUE substantially mitigated neurohepatic dysfunction and inflammation and improved liver and brain antioxidant status with reducing oxidative stress levels. Furthermore, pretreatment with CUR + QUE synergistically restored the neurohepatic dysfunction and oxidative levels to approximately normal levels. The overall results suggested that CUR or QUE inhibits DZN-mediated neurohepatic toxicity via their favorable anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and free radical-scavenging activities. Moreover, both QUE and CUR may be mutual adjuvant agents against oxidative stress neurohepatic damages.


Diazinon Oxidative stress Curcumin Quercetin Antioxidant Anti-inflammatory Acetylcholinesterase 


Funding information

This work received funding from the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University through Research Group no. RGP-018.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pharmacology Department, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineSuez Canal UniversityIsmailiaEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineDamanhour UniversityDamanhourEgypt
  3. 3.Chrono-Environnement Laboratory, UMR CNRS 6249Bourgogne Franche-Comté UniversityBesançon CedexFrance
  4. 4.Department of Zoology, Science CollegeKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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