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Nat Prod Res. 2016 Mar 21:1-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Protective activity of an anthocyanin-rich extract from bilberries and blackcurrants on acute acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity in rats.

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a Department of Drug Sciences and Health Products , University of Messina , Messina , Italy.

Abstract

Acetaminophen (N-acetyl-p-aminophenol, APAP) overdosage can produce fatal centrilobular hepatic necrosis in humans. The present study attempted to investigate the protective effect of an anthocyanin-rich extract from bilberries and blackcurrants (AE) against APAP-induced acute hepatic damage in rats. Treatment with AE normalised blood activities of glutamate oxaloacetate and glutamate pyruvate transaminase and prevented APAP-induced plasmatic and tissutal alterations in biomarkers of oxidative stress, probably due to various bioproperties of the components of the extract.

KEYWORDS:

Acetaminophen; anthocyanin; biomarkers; hepatoprotection; oxidative stress

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