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J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem. 2009 Dec;24(6):1253-6. doi: 10.3109/14756360902827240.

Alterations in beta-islets of Langerhans in alloxan-induced diabetic rats by marine Spirulina platensis.

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Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pondicherry University, Kalapet, Puducherry, India.


Marine Spirulina platensis may potentially influence the metabolic process in animal cells, and the effect of marine Spirulina platensis in normal and alloxan-induced diabetic rats was therefore investigated. Normal and diabetic rats (albino Wistar strain) were orally administered marine Spirulina platensis for 30 days and their blood levels of glucose and insulin and body weight changes were determined. Pancreatic histopathology was also noted. Treatment with marine Spirulina platensis caused significant alterations in the content of these indicators and therefore in the antidiabetic capacity of the treated animals compared to control rats.

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