Endosulfan-induced cardiotoxicity and free radical metabolism in rats: the protective effect of vitamin E


Kalender S., KALENDER Y., Ogutcu A., Uzunhisarcikli M., Durak D., Acikgoz F.

TOXICOLOGY, vol.202, no.3, pp.227-235, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 202 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tox.2004.05.010
  • Title of Journal : TOXICOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.227-235

Abstract

Endosulfan is widely used in insect control and it is absorbed by both humans and animals through ingestion, inhalation and percutaneously. The aim of this work was to study antioxidant enzyme system which include superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and catalase (CAT) and malondialdehyde (MDA), the end product of lipid peroxidation and ultrastructural changes that might occur in the heart tissue of adult male Wistar rats as a result of endosulfan intoxication. Vitamin E (200 mg/kg, twice a week), endosulfan (2 mg/kg, per day, once a day in corn oil) and vitamin E (200 mg/kg, twice a week)+endosulfan (2 mg/kg, per day, once a day in corn oil) combination were given to rats (n = 10/group) orally via gavage for 6 weeks. SOD, GPx, CAT activities and MDA level increased in the endosulfan-treated group heart tissue compared to control group (P < 0.01, P < 0.01, P < 0.05 and P < 0.01, respectively). SOD, GPx activities and MDA level decreased in the vitamin E + endosulfan-treated group compared to endosulfan-treated group (P < 0.05, P < 0.05 and P < 0.05, respectively). Decrease of CAT activity was not significant statistically in the vitamin E + endosulfan-treated group compared to endosulfan-treated group. CAT activity increased in the vitamin E + endosulfan treated group compared to control group (P < 0.05). Increase of SOD, GPx activities and MDA levels were not significant statistically in the vitamin E + endosulfan-treated group compared to control group. In electron microscopic investigations while cytoplasmic edema and swelling and vacuolization of mitochondria of myocardial cells in endosulfan-treated group was observing, only a weak swelling of mitochondria of myocardial cells in vitamin E + endosulfan-treated group was observed. We conclude that vitamin E significantly reduce endosulfan-induced cardiotoxicity in rats. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.