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Mater Med Pol. 1996 Oct-Dec;28(4):155-60.

Lipid peroxidation and activity of antioxidative enzymes in the rat model of ozone therapy.

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Department of Human and Animal Physiology, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland.


Hypothetical, therapeutic effects of ozone were investigated in an animal model. One ml of oxygen or mixture of 40 micrograms ozone with oxygen were injected intraperitoneally to male rats for 10 days. Previously, rats had been poisoned with 50 ppm Cd2+ in drinking water for 12 weeks. Exhaustive treadmill running was applied to some animals before sacrification. Ozone injections increased iron-ascorbate-stimulated lipid peroxidation (LPO) in the liver and kidney, catalase (CAT) activity in the heart and glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity in the heart, kidney and liver. Oxygen increased GST activity in the brain and reduced glutathione peroxidase (GPX) activity in the kidney. Cadmium enhanced LPO in the liver and GST activity in the brain, heart, kidney and liver. In contrast to ozone, cadmium inhibited GPX activity in the brain, kidney and liver. Cadmium combined with ozone enhanced the changes of GPX activity in the kidney and liver, that of GST activity in the heart, kidney and liver as well as of CAT activity and LPO in kidney. The results suggest that ozone injections combined with tested factors may provoke an oxidative stress. The effects of ozone therapy can not be explained as the results of ozone action on the antioxidative enzymes in rat.

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