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J Ethnopharmacol. 1997 Aug;57(3):209-12.

Anti-steroidogenic activity of the petroleum ether extract and fraction 5 (fatty acids) of carrot (Daucus carota L.) seeds in mouse ovary.

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  • 1Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India.


The petroleum ether extract and fraction 5 (fatty acids) of carrot seeds arrested the normal estrus cycle of adult mouse and reduced the weight of ovaries significantly. The cholesterol and ascorbic acid content in ovaries were significantly elevated due to the treatment with extract and fraction 5 (fatty acids) of carrot seeds. The significant inhibition of delta 5,3-beta-hydroxy steroid dehydrogenase and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, the two key enzymes involved in ovarian steroidogenesis, were also observed in mouse ovaries after 15 days of treatment. Results of this study revealed that the fraction 5 (fatty acids) present in carrot seeds acts as an antisteroidogenic agent.

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