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Evaluation of hepatoprotective activity of Bergamot orange in rats [Eastern J Med]
Eastern J Med. 2005; 10(1): 1-4

Evaluation of hepatoprotective activity of Bergamot orange in rats

Mehmet Karaca1, Fatma İlhan2, Hasan Altan3, Aydın Him4, Mehmet Tütüncü1, Hanefi Özbek5
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Essential oil extract of Bergamot orange (BO) was investigated for its hepatoprotective effect on carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Six different groups were established. Silibinin was used as the reference agent. BO significantly reduced the serum ALT level when compared to CCl4 group while it did not affect the serum AST level. The histopathological findings did not show any significant difference between the BO and CCl4 groups. The results suggest that BO has a weak hepatoprotective effect in carbon tetrachloride induced acute liver toxicity.

Keywords: Bergamot orange, hepatoprotective activity, carbon tetrachloride, rats.


Mehmet Karaca, Fatma İlhan, Hasan Altan, Aydın Him, Mehmet Tütüncü, Hanefi Özbek. Evaluation of hepatoprotective activity of Bergamot orange in rats. Eastern J Med. 2005; 10(1): 1-4


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