Abstract Title:

Chrysin Effect in Prevention of Acetaminophen-Induced Hepatotoxicity in Rat.

Abstract Source:

Chem Res Toxicol. 2019 Nov 18 ;32(11):2329-2337. Epub 2019 Nov 1. PMID: 31625388

Abstract Author(s):

Arezoo Mohammadi, Sohrab Kazemi, Mohammad Hosseini, Hoseyn Najafzadeh Varzi, Farideh Feyzi, Payam Morakabati, Ali Akbar Moghadamnia

Article Affiliation:

Arezoo Mohammadi


Acetaminophen is a commonly used analgesic drug that induces hepatotoxicity at high doses and produces the acetaminophen metabolite-acetyl--benzoquinone imine (NAPQI) through oxidase isoenzyme system. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity of flavonoid chrysin has been reported in different studies. The present study was conducted to investigate the protective effect of chrysin on acute acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity. The cytotoxicity of chrysin on fibroblast cells was evaluated using MTT assay, and then, 54 rats were divided into nine groups of six, and acetaminophen (1500 mg/kg) was administered in all groups except for the control group, second and the seventh groups (40 mg/kg), and all groups were treated with chrysin for 14 days. Liver enzymes, inflammatory factors TNF-α and IL-2, and total antioxidant activity were measured in serum while liver tissue was histopathologically examined. Based on the MTT assay results, 31.25, 62.5, 125, 250, and 500 μg/mL chrysin had no adverse effects on healthy fibroblast cells (<0.05). Chrysin decreased the level of liver enzymes (ALT, AST, and ALP), which were previously increased after the use of acetaminophen (<0.05). The hepatoprotective effect and total antioxidant capacity increased in a dose-dependent manner and the effect of the highest concentration of chrysin was equal to the effect of silymarin (<0.05). TNF-α in groups 4 to 6 decreased in a dose-dependent manner (= 0.04), and chrysin did not show any significant reducing effect on IL-2 compared to silymarin. Chrysin prevents the necrosis and injury of acute acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity by decreasing liver enzymes and TNF-α and increasing total antioxidant capacity and protecting the liver tissue.

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