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Biochemical, histopathological and ultrastructural changes in rat liver induced by r-( + )-pulegone, a monoterpene ketone

Moorthy, Balaji T and Vijayasarathi, SK and Basu, A and Madyastha, KM (1991) Biochemical, histopathological and ultrastructural changes in rat liver induced by r-( + )-pulegone, a monoterpene ketone. In: Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry, 33 (1-2). pp. 121-131.

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Biochemical, histopathological and ultrastructural changes occurring at different time points after intraperitoneal administration of a single dose of pulegone (300 mg/kg) were studied. Significant decreases in the level of liver microsomal cytochrome P-450 (67%), heme (37%), aminopyrine N-demethylase (60%) and glucose-6-phosphatase (58%), were noticed 24 hr after pulegone treatment. Alanine amino transferase (ALT) levels increased in a time dependent manner, following exposure of rats to pulegone. Light microscopic studies of liver tissues showed dilation of central veins and distention of sinusoidal spaces 6 hr after pulegone treatment. Initial centrilobular necrosis was noticed at 12 hr. Centrilobular necrosis became severe at 18 hr and nuclear changes included karyorrhexis and karyolysis. Midzonal and periportal degenerative changes in addition to centrilobular necrosis was observed 24 hr after pulegone administration. Electron microscopic changes showed severe degeneration of endoplasmic reticulum, swelling of mitochondria and nuclear changes, 24 hr after administration of pulegone. The time course profile of the hepatocytes after treatment with pulegone indicates that endoplasmic reticulum is the organelle most affected, following which other degenerative changes occur ultimately leading to cell death.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: R( + )-Pulegone;monoterpene;biochemical;histopathological; ultrastructural;cytochrome P-450;centrilobular necrosis.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Depositing User: Ms Mary Ranjeetha
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2010 07:24
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2010 07:24
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/33691

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