Effects of rosmarinic acid on acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity in male Wistar rats.

Research paper by Parisa P Hasanein, Maryam M Sharifi

Indexed on: 27 May '17Published on: 27 May '17Published in: Pharmaceutical biology


Drug-induced liver injury is a significant worldwide clinical problem. Rosmarinic acid (RA), a natural phenol, has antioxidant effects.The effects of RA against acetaminophen (N-acetyl-p-amino-phenol (APAP))-induced oxidative damage and hepatotoxicity in rats were investigated.Male Wistar rats were pretreated with RA (10, 50 and 100 mg/kg, i.g.) for one week. On day 7, rats received APAP (500 mg/kg, i.p.). Then aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), albumin, total protein, malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione (GSH), total antioxidant capacity (TAC), glutathione S-transferase (GST), cytochrome CYP450 and histopathological changes were determined.APAP-induced oxidative stress in liver by a significant increase in the level of MDA (7.6 ± 0.21 nmol/mg) as well as a decrease in the contents of TAC (1.75 ± 0.14 μmol/g), GSH (1.9 ± 0.22 μmol/g) and GST) 3.2 ± 0.28 U/mg). RA treatment decreased MDA (4.32 ± 0.35 nmol/mg) but increased the contents of TAC (3.51 ± 0.34 μmol/g), GSH (3.42 ± 0.16 μmol/g) and GST (5.71 ± 0.71 μmol/g) in APAP group. RA 100 mg/kg decreased ALT (91.5 ± 1.5 U/L), AST (169 ± 8.8 U/L) and CYP450 (3 ± 0.2 nmol/min/mg) in APAP group. Histologically RA attenuated hepatic damage by decreasing necrosis, inflammation, and haemorrhage in liver sections of APAP group.This is the first report that oral administration of RA dose-dependently elicited significant hepatoprotective effects in rats through inhibition of hepatic CYP2E1 activity and lipid peroxidation. RA-protected hepatic GSH and GST reserves and total tissue antioxidant capacity.