, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 297–312 | Cite as

Attenuation of Carbon Tetrachloride-Induced Hepatic Injury with Curcumin-Loaded Solid Lipid Nanoparticles

  • Neha Singh
  • Neeraj Khullar
  • Vandita Kakkar
  • Indu Pal KaurEmail author
Original Research Article


Background and Objectives

Curcumin, an established pleiotropic agent, has potential for hepatoprotection owing to its powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antifibrogenic properties. However, its poor bioavailability limits its use in therapeutics. In this study, we aimed to package curcumin into solid lipid nanoparticles (C-SLNs) to improve its bioavailability and compare the efficacy of C-SLNs with that of free curcumin and silymarin, a well-established hepatoprotectant in clinical use, against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepatic injury in rats, post-induction. A self-recovery group to which no treatment was given was also employed for quantifying self-healing of hepatic tissue, if any.

Material and Methods

C-SLNs (particle size 147.6 nm), prepared using a microemulsification technique, were administered to rats post-treatment with CCl4 (1 ml/kg body weight [BW] twice weekly for 2 weeks, followed by 1.5 ml/kg BW twice weekly for the subsequent 2 weeks). The extent of liver damage and repair in terms of histopathology and levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), oxidative stress markers (malondialdehyde, superoxide dismutase, and reduced glutathione) and a pro-inflammatory response marker, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, were determined in both the CCl4 group and the treatment groups.


C-SLNs (12.5 mg/kg) significantly (p < 0.001–0.005) attenuated histopathological changes and oxidative stress, and also decreased induction of ALT, AST, and TNF-α in comparison with free curcumin (100 mg/kg), silymarin (25 mg/kg), and self-recovery groups.


Curcumin could be used as a therapeutic agent for hepatic disorders, provided it is loaded into a suitable delivery system.


Curcumin CCl4 Hepatic Injury Silymarin Solid Lipid Nanoparticles 
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The Senior Research Fellowship and contingent grant provided to Neha Singh by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, India, is gratefully acknowledged. The authors are thankful to Mr. Dinesh Sharma and the Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility (SAIF), Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, for transmission electron microscopic analysis. The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest that are directly relevant to the content of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neha Singh
    • 1
  • Neeraj Khullar
    • 1
  • Vandita Kakkar
    • 2
  • Indu Pal Kaur
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyPanjab UniversityChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of PharmaceuticsUniversity Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab UniversityChandigarhIndia

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