Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

, Volume 398, Issue 1–2, pp 39–53 | Cite as

Effect of geraniol, a plant derived monoterpene on lipids and lipid metabolizing enzymes in experimental hyperlipidemic hamsters

  • Muthukumaran Jayachandran
  • Balaji Chandrasekaran
  • Nalini NamasivayamEmail author


Hyperlipidemia is a major, modifiable risk factor for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. In the present study, we have focused on the effect of different doses of geraniol (GOH) on the lipid profile and lipid metabolizing enzymes in atherogenic diet (AD) fed hamsters. Male Syrian hamsters were grouped into seven: group 1 were control animals; group 2 were animals fed GOH alone (200 mg/kg b.w); group 3 were animals fed AD (10 % coconut oil, 0.25 % cholesterol, and 0.25 % cholic acid); group 4 were animals fed AD + corn oil (2.5 ml/kg b.w); and groups 5, 6, and 7 were fed AD as in group 3 + different doses of GOH (50, 100, and 200 mg/kg b.w), respectively, for 12 weeks. At the end of the experimental period, animals were sacrificed by cervical dislocation and various assays were performed in the plasma and tissues. The AD hamsters showed marked changes in lipid profile and lipid metabolizing enzymes. However, supplementation with GOH counteracted the hyperlipidemia by inhibiting HMG CoA reductase and suppressing lipogenesis. The antihyperlipidemic efficacy of GOH was found to be effective at the dose of 100 mg/kg b.w. This study illustrates that GOH is effective in lowering the risk of hyperlipidemia in AD fed hamsters.


Atherosclerosis Hyperlipidemia Atherogenic diet Lipid profile Lipid metabolizing enzymes Geraniol 


Conflict of interest

Authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muthukumaran Jayachandran
    • 1
  • Balaji Chandrasekaran
    • 1
  • Nalini Namasivayam
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Faculty of ScienceAnnamalai UniversityAnnamalainagarIndia

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