Abstract Title:

Curcumin ameliorates oxidative stress during nicotine-induced lung toxicity in Wistar rats.

Abstract Source:

Ital J Biochem. 2004 Jul;53(2):82-6. PMID: 15646012

Abstract Author(s):

Chandran Kalpana, Venugopal Padmanabhan Menon

Article Affiliation:

Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar-608 002, Tamil Nadu, India.


Nicotine, a major toxic component of cigarette smoke has been identified as a major risk factor for lung related diseases. In the present study, we evaluated the protective effects of curcumin on lipid peroxidation and antioxidants status in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) of nicotine treated Wistar rats. Lung toxicity was induced by subcutaneous injection of nicotine at a dose of 2.5 mg/kg body weight (5 days a week, for 22 weeks) and curcumin (80 mg/kg body weight) was given simultaneously by intragastric intubation for 22 weeks. Measurement of biochemical marker enzymes: alkaline phosphatase, lactate dehydrogenase, lipid peroxidation and antioxidants were used to monitor the antiperoxidative effects of curcumin. The increased biochemical marker enzymes as well as lipid peroxides in BALF and BAL of nicotine treated rats was accompanied by a significant decrease in the levels of glutathione, glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase and catalase. Administration of curcumin significantly lowered the biochemical marker enzymes, lipid peroxidation and enhanced the antioxidant status. The results of the present study suggest that curcumin exert its protective effect against nicotine-induced lung toxicity by modulating the biochemical marker enzymes, lipid peroxidation and augmenting antioxidant defense system.

Study Type : Animal Study

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