Abstract Title:

Chlorella vulgaris ameliorates sodium nitrite-induced hepatotoxicity in rats.

Abstract Source:

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2020 Nov 5. Epub 2020 Nov 5. PMID: 33151487

Abstract Author(s):

Mai M Eissa, Mohamed M Ahmed, Mabrouk A Abd Eldaim, Ahmed A Mousa, Ahmed F Elkirdasy, Mostafa A Mohamed, Sahar H Orabi

Article Affiliation:

Mai M Eissa


The current was conducted to evaluate the ameliorating effect of Chlorella vulgaris (CV) extract against sodium nitrite-induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Forty-five rats were allocated randomly into 5 groups (n = 9). Group I (GI), control group: orally gavaged with normal saline daily. Group II (GII): orally gavaged with CV extract (70 mg/kg BW) for 3 months. Group III (GIII): orally gavaged with sodium nitrite (80 mg/kg BW) for 3 months. Group IV (GIV): received sodium nitrite as GIII and CV extract as GII simultaneously for 3 months. Group V (GV): received CV extract as GII and then, sodium nitrite as in GIII from the end of first month until the end of the experiment. Sodium nitrite significantly increased the activities of serum alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, and serum concentrations of tumor interleukin 1-β and necrosis factor α. In addition, it increased concentrations of malondialdehyde and nitric oxide and expression level of caspase-3 in the hepatic tissue. However, it decreased activities of hepatic glutathione peroxidase, catalase, and superoxide dismutase and induced degenerative and necrotic changes in hepatic tissues. In contrast, CV extract administration modulated sodium nitrite-induced inflammation, oxidative stress, and alteration in hepatic tissue function and architecture. This study indicated that CV extract modulated sodium nitrite-induced hepatic toxicity through decreasingoxidative stress and inflammation and enhancing antioxidant enzyme activities in hepatic tissue of rats.

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