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J Biochem Mol Toxicol. 2011 Jan-Feb;25(1):28-40. doi: 10.1002/jbt.20357.

The cardioprotective effects of a combination of quercetin and α-tocopherol on isoproterenol-induced myocardial infarcted rats.

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Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar 608 002, Tamil Nadu, India.


The present study aims to evaluate the combined protective effects of quercetin and α-tocopherol on isoproterenol-treated myocardial infarcted rats. Male albino Wistar rats were pretreated with a combination of quercetin (10 mg/kg) and α-tocopherol (10 mg/kg) daily for 14 days. After the pretreatment, rats were injected isoproterenol (100 mg/kg) to induce myocardial infarction. Isoproterenol-treated rats showed increased levels of serum troponins and increased intensities of serum lactate dehydrogenase-1 and -2 isoenzyme bands. Isoproterenol treatment also showed significant decreased levels of antioxidant system and significant increased levels of plasma lipid peroxidation, plasma uric acid, and the heart calcium. Furthermore, isoproterenol-treated rat's electrocardiogram showed elevated ST segments. Combined pretreatment with quercetin and α-tocopherol normalized all the biochemical parameters and minimized the alterations in electrocardiogram. Histopathology of myocardium also confirmed the cardioprotective effects of quercetin and α-tocopherol. In vitro studies confirmed the mechanism of action of quercetin and α-tocopherol. Thus, quercetin and α-tocopherol exhibited cardioprotective effects against isoproterenol-induced cardiotoxicity due to their scavenging free radicals, improving antioxidants and maintaining Ca(2+) levels. Our study also showed that combined pretreatment (quercetin and α-tocopherol) was highly effective than single pretreatment (quercetin or α-tocopherol).

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