Abstract Title:

Aflatoxin induced hemolysis and its amelioration by turmeric extracts and curcumin in vitro.

Abstract Source:

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2010 Jan 4. Epub 2010 Jan 4. PMID: 17665866

Abstract Author(s):

Neeta Mathuria, Ramtej Jayram Verma

Article Affiliation:

Department of Zoology, University School of Sciences, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad-380 009, India.


The present investigation is an attempt to evaluate the possible ameliorative effect of turmeric extracts/curcumin on aflatoxin induced hemolysis in vitro. Blood samples were collected from healthy adult human beings (25-30 years old) in EDTA vials and were used for preparation of RBC suspension in saline. Saline suspension of RBC was treated with aflatoxin (0.5-2.0 microg/mL) with and without turmeric extracts/curcumin (1-100 microg/mL). The results revealed that addition of aflatoxin (0.5-2.0 microg/mL) to RBC suspension caused significant dose-dependent increase in the rate of hemolysis. However, concurrent addition of aflatoxin (2.0 microg/mL) and extracts of turmeric and curcumin caused concentration-dependent retardation in aflatoxin-induced hemolysis.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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