Effects of β-carotene on antioxidant status in rats with chronic alcohol consumption

Wan Teng Lin, Chi Chang Huang, Tien-Jen Lin, Jiun-Rong Chen, Ming Jer Shieh, Hsiang Chi Peng, Suh-Ching Yang, Chih Yang Huang

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of β-carotene on antioxidant status in rats with chronic alcohol consumption. At the beginning of experiment (week 0), according to both the plasma aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) activities, rats (n=24) were divided into 3 groups and fed with a standard diet (group C), a diet containing ethanol (group E), or a diet containing ethanol and β-carotene (group E+B). After 10 weeks, plasma AST and ALT, fat accumulation in the liver, antioxidant enzyme activities in erythrocytes and the liver, malondialdehyde (MDA), and α-tocopherol and retinol in plasma and hepatic samples were analyzed. The chronic alcohol diet significantly increased AST and ALT levels in plasma, and these changes were prevented by supplementing the diet with β-carotene. Glutathione (GSH) in erythrocytes and in the liver was significantly elevated in rats fed with a diet containing β-carotene. The results indicate that β-carotene supplementation can prevent ethanol-induced liver damage and increase GSH concentrations in erythrocytes and the liver.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-350
Number of pages7
JournalCell Biochemistry and Function
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Carotenoids
Nutrition
Alcohol Drinking
Rats
Liver
Antioxidants
Alcohols
Diet
Aspartate Aminotransferases
Alanine Transaminase
Plasmas
Ethanol
Erythrocytes
Tocopherols
Enzyme activity
Malondialdehyde
Vitamin A
Glutathione
Fats
Enzymes

Keywords

  • β-carotene
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Antioxidant capacity
  • Lipid peroxidation
  • Oxidative stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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Effects of β-carotene on antioxidant status in rats with chronic alcohol consumption. / Lin, Wan Teng; Huang, Chi Chang; Lin, Tien-Jen; Chen, Jiun-Rong; Shieh, Ming Jer; Peng, Hsiang Chi; Yang, Suh-Ching; Huang, Chih Yang.

In: Cell Biochemistry and Function, Vol. 27, No. 6, 2009, p. 344-350.

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Lin, Wan Teng ; Huang, Chi Chang ; Lin, Tien-Jen ; Chen, Jiun-Rong ; Shieh, Ming Jer ; Peng, Hsiang Chi ; Yang, Suh-Ching ; Huang, Chih Yang. / Effects of β-carotene on antioxidant status in rats with chronic alcohol consumption. In: Cell Biochemistry and Function. 2009 ; Vol. 27, No. 6. pp. 344-350.
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