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Respirology. 2009 May;14(4):504-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2009.01531.x.

Protective effects of a superoxide dismutase/catalase mimetic compound against paraquat pneumotoxicity in rat lung.

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Sectors of Disaster Medicine, Medical University-Pleven, Pleven, Bulgaria.



EUK-134 is one of the most promising of the superoxide dismutase (SOD)/catalase mimetic compounds. The antioxidant effects of EUK-134 were tested in a rat model of paraquat pneumotoxicity.


Male Wistar rats (n = 72) were divided into three groups: group 1, controls; group 2, paraquat alone; group 3, paraquat + EUK-134. Paraquat dichloride was administered per os at a dose of 80 mg/kg. EUK-134 was injected intraperitoneally at 10 mg/kg 2 h before the paraquat and again 4 h later at 5 mg/kg.


On days 1, 3 and 5 after treatment with paraquat alone the LDH activity increased (P = 0.0001, P = 0.00001 and P = 0.03, respectively), and the total protein content increased (P = 0.00002, P = 0.001 and P = 0.01, respectively). The levels of acid phosphatase (AcP) in BAL fluid increased on days 1 and 3 (P = 0.006 and P = 0.04). In lung homogenates paraquat alone increased SOD activity on day 1 and decreased it on days 3 and 5. Combined treatment with paraquat and EUK-134 elevated LDH activity on day 3 (significantly less than paraquat alone) and day 5, elevated the total protein content on day 5 only, and did not change AcP activity. The combination of both agents did not alter SOD activity and decreased catalase activity on day 5 significantly less than treatment with paraquat alone (P = 0.05).


EUK-134, a superoxide dismutase/catalase mimetic compound decreased the pneumotoxic effect of paraquat in rats.

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