Monday, July 19, 2010

Propolis Blocks Toxic Effects of Aluminum

Propolis Prevents Aluminum-Induced Genetic and Hepatic Damages in Rat Liver
Food and Chemical Toxicology, Article in Press

Aluminium is present in several manufactured foods and medicines and is also used in water purification. Therefore, the present experiment was undertaken to determine the effectiveness of propolis in modulating the aluminium chloride (AlCl3) induced genotoxicity and hepatotoxicity in liver of rats.

Animals were assigned to 1 of 4 groups: control; 34 mg AlCl3/kg bw; 50 mg propolis/kg bw; AlCl3 (34 mg/kg bw) plus propolis (50 mg/kg bw), respectively. Rats were orally administered their respective doses daily for 30 days. At the end of the experiment, rats were anesthetized and hepatocytes (HEP) were isolated for counting the number of micronucleated hepatocytes (MNHEPs). In addition, the levels of serum enzymes and histological alterations in liver were investigated. AlCl3 caused a significant increase in MNHEPs, alkaline phosphatase, transaminases (AST and ALT) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). Furthermore, severe pathological damages such as: sinusoidal dilatation, congestion of central vein, lipid accumulation and lymphocyte infiltration were established in liver. On the contrary, treatment with propolis alone did not cause any adverse effect on above parameters.

Moreover, simultaneous treatments with propolis significantly modulated the toxic effects of AlCl3. It can be concluded that propolis has beneficial influences and could be able to antagonize AlCl3 toxicity.

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