Abstract Title:

Changes in the prostaglandin levels in alcohol toxicity: effect of curcumin and N-acetylcysteine.

Abstract Source:

J Nutr Biochem. 2000 Oct;11(10):509-14. PMID: 11120449

Abstract Author(s):

V Rajakrishnan, A Jayadeep, O S Arun, P R Sudhakaran, V P Menon

Article Affiliation:

Department of Biochemistry, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamil Nadu, India.


The present study was undertaken to evaluate the potential role of curcumin, the antioxidant principal from Curcuma longa Linn., and the sulphur-containing amino acid N-acetylcysteine against ethanol-induced changes in the levels of prostanoids. Biochemical assessment of liver damage was done by measuring the activities of serum enzymes (i.e., aspartate transaminase and alkaline phosphatase), which were significantly increased in rats fed ethanol, whereas the elevated levels of these enzymes were decreased after curcumin and N-acetylcysteine treatment to rats fed ethanol. We observed a significant increase in the levels of prostaglandins E(1), E(2), F(2alpha), and D(2) in liver, kidney, and brain. Administration of curcumin and N-acetylcysteine was shown to decrease the level of these prostanoids in the tissue studied.

Study Type : Animal Study

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