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Abstract Title:

The Ameliorative Effects of Fucoidan in Thioacetaide-Induced Liver Injury in Mice.

Abstract Source:

Molecules. 2021 Mar 30 ;26(7). Epub 2021 Mar 30. PMID: 33808318

Abstract Author(s):

Ming-Yang Tsai, Wei-Cheng Yang, Chuen-Fu Lin, Chao-Min Wang, Hsien-Yueh Liu, Chen-Si Lin, Jen-Wei Lin, Wei-Li Lin, Tzu-Chun Lin, Pei-Shan Fan, Kuo-Hsiang Hung, Yu-Wen Lu, Geng-Ruei Chang

Article Affiliation:

Ming-Yang Tsai


Liver disorders have been recognized as one major health concern. Fucoidan, a sulfated polysaccharide extracted from the brown seaweed Fucus serratus, has previously been reported as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. However, the discovery and validation of its hepatoprotective properties and elucidation of its mechanisms of action are still unknown. The objective of the current study was to investigate the effect and possible modes of action of a treatment of fucoidan against thioacetamide (TAA)-induced liver injury in male C57BL/6 mice by serum biochemical and histological analyses. The mouse model for liver damage was developed by the administration of TAA thrice a week for six weeks. The mice with TAA-induced liver injury were orally administered fucoidan once a day for 42 days. The treated mice showed significantly higher body weights; food intakes; hepatic antioxidative enzymes (catalase, glutathione peroxidase (GPx), and superoxide dismutase (SOD)); and a lower serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. Additionally, a reduced hepatic IL-6 level and a decreased expression of inflammatory-related genes, such as cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) mRNA was observed. These results demonstratedthat fucoidan had a hepatoprotective effect on liver injury through the suppression of the inflammatory responses and acting as an antioxidant. In addition, here, we validated the use of fucoidan against liver disorders with supporting molecular data.

Study Type : Animal Study

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