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Antioxidative Activity of Melia Azedarach Linn Leaf Extract

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Author(s): Mohd Fazil Ahmed | Mohd Ibrahim | Mohd Ashwaq Ahmed | Hameed Thayyil | Khaja Zameeruddin

Journal: Iranian Journal of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
ISSN 1735-2657

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 31;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Melia azedarach | Antioxidant activity | Ethanol | Oxidative stress

ABSTRACT
The antioxidant activity of the melia azedarach was investigated in rats with ethanol-induced erythrocyte damage. Chronic administration of ethanol (20% w/v, 2 g/kg.p.o.,daily for four weeks) increased the level of lipid peroxidation (LPO), decreased the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase and reduced the content of glutathione (GSH). The concurrent treatment of ethanol-administered rats with melia azedarach (500mg/kg, p.o.) prevented the above ethanol-induced changes and the effect was compared with combination of vitamin E and C. It can therefore be suggested that the leaves of melia azedarach posses an erythrocyte protective activity against drug-induced oxidative stress.
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