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Pancreas. 2011 Oct;40(7):1091-6. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0b013e31821b59c6.

Comparison of antioxidative and antifibrotic effects of α-tocopherol with those of tocotrienol-rich fraction in a rat model of chronic pancreatitis.

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Department of Gastroenterology, Affiliated Changhai Hospital, 2nd Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, People's Republic of China.



The α-tocopherol and tocotrienol-rich fraction (TRF) are considered effective antioxidants. This study aimed to compare the antioxidative and antifibrotic effects of α-tocopherol and TFR in dibutylin dichloride (DBTC)-induced chronic pancreatitis (CP) rats.


Oral administration of α-tocopherol and TFR (both 800 mg/kg per day) started the next day after DBTC (8 mg/kg) infusion into the tail vein for 4 weeks. Histological examination, Sirius red staining, and measurement of the contents of hydroxyproline and malondialdehyde of the pancreas were performed to evaluate pancreatic damage and fibrosis. Immunohistochemical analysis of α-smooth muscle actin and real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction for transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and collagen-α1(I) were performed to evaluate the activation of pancreatic stellate cells and the mRNA levels of fibrosis-related genes, respectively.


Both α-tocopherol and TRF reduced oxidative stress, ameliorated inflammation and fibrosis, and down-regulated the mRNA expression of TGF-β1 and collagen-α1(I) in DBTC-induced CP. The TRF was superior to α-tocopherol in alleviating inflammation and fibrosis and down-regulating TGF-β1 mRNA expression.


Oral administration of α-tocopherol and TRF improves pancreatic inflammation and fibrosis in DBTC-induced CP rats, with TRF being more effective than α-tocopherol. Therefore, TRF may be a novel option for alleviating inflammation and, particularly, the fibrotic process in CP.

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