Hepatocurative Potential of Sesquiterpene Lactones of Taraxacum officinale on Carbon Tetrachloride Induced Liver Toxicity in Mice


The hepatocurative potential of ethanolic extract (ETO) and sesquiterpene lactones enriched fraction (SL) of Taraxacum officinale roots was evaluated against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced hepatotoxicity in mice. The diagnostic markers such as alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and total bilirubin contents were significantly elevated, whereas significant reduction in the level of reduced glutathione (GSH) and enhanced hepatic lipid peroxidation, liver weight and liver protein were observed in CCl4 induced hepatotoxicity in mice. Post-treatment with ETO and SL significantly protected the hepatotoxicity as evident from the lower levels of hepatic enzyme markers, such as serum transaminase (ALT, AST), ALP and total bilirubin. Further, significant reduction in the liver weight and liver protein in drug-treated hepatotoxic mice and also reduced oxidative stress by increasing reduced glutathione content and decreasing lipid peroxidation level has been noticed. The histopathological evaluation of the liver also revealed that ETO and SL reduced the incidence of liver lesions induced by CC14. The results indicate that sesquiterpene lactones have a protective effect against acute hepatotoxicity induced by the administration of CC14 in mice. Furthermore, observed activity of SL may be due to the synergistic action of two sesquiterpene lactones identified from enriched ethyl acetate fraction by HPLC method.


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Mahesh, A., Jeyachandran, R., Cindrella, L. et al. Hepatocurative Potential of Sesquiterpene Lactones of Taraxacum officinale on Carbon Tetrachloride Induced Liver Toxicity in Mice. BIOLOGIA FUTURA 61, 175–190 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1556/ABiol.61.2010.2.6

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