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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 39  |  Page : 574-580

Chemical composition and hepatotoxic effect of Geranium schiedeanum in a thioacetamide-induced liver injury model

1 University of the State of Hidalgo, N. Abasolo 600, Colonia Centro, CP 42,000 Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico
2 Escuela Medicine, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, CP 11340, Mexico
3 University Autónoma de Madrid, School of Pharmacy, City University, Plaza Ramón y Cajal S / N, 28040 Madrid, Spain

Correspondence Address:
Mirandeli Bautista
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Abasolo N. 600, Colonia Centro, C.P. 42000. Pachuca, Hidalgo
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1296.139788

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One of the major components of some geraniums is geraniin, described by its discoverer as crystallizable tannin, well known as an excellent antioxidant, and also found in fruits such as pomegranate. Recently, natural antioxidants have attracted great attention from consumers over the world due to their lower toxicity than synthetics. But geraniin is not a stable compound, and also is difficult to obtain, that is why in the present study we obtained acetonylgeraniin from Geranium schideanum (Gs), a stable acetone condensate of geraniin. In the present study the effect of Gs acetone-water extract was studied in reference to postnecrotic liver regeneration induced by thioacetamide (TA) in rats. Two months male rats were pretreated with daily dose of Gs extract for 4 days (300 mg/kg) and the last day also were intraperitoneally injected with TA (6.6 mmol/kg). Samples of blood were obtained from rats at 0, 24, 48, 72 and 96 h following TA intoxication. The pre-treatment with the crude extract in the model of thioacetamide-induced hepatotoxicity in rats decreased and delayed liver injury by 66% at 24 h. This result suggests that Gs extract may be used as an alternative for reduction of liver damage. On the other hand, acute toxicity study revealed that the LD 50 value of the Gs extract is more than the dose 5000 mg/kg in rats, according to the Lorke method.

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