The recovery effect of polyacetylene constituents from Acanthopanax senticosus extracts on hepatic injury in dogs

  • Cho, Sung-nam (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Liu, Jianzhu (Laboratory of Veterinary Internal Medicine, College of Animal Science & Veterinary Medicine, Shandong Agricultural University) ;
  • Jun, Hyung-kyou (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Cho, Sung-whan (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Chang, Kyu-seob (College of Agriculture & Life Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Kim, Seong-ju (College of Agriculture & Life Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Kim, Young-hee (College of Agriculture & Life Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Yang, Hyo-jin (College of Agriculture & Life Science, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Kim, Duck-hwan (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University)
  • Accepted : 2007.08.30
  • Published : 2007.09.30

Abstract

The present study was performed to clarify the recovery effect of polyacetylene constituents from Acanthopanax senticosus ethanol extracts on $CCl_4$-induced acute hepatic injury in dogs. Sixteen clinically healthy dogs were divided into the control group (six dogs), and experimental group I (three dogs), II (three dogs) and III (four dogs). Acute hepatic injury was induced by single intraperitoneal injection of 1 ml/kg $CCl_4$ solution ($CCl_4$ : olive oil = 1 : 1) after sterilization. The control group was orally administered with 10 ml of corn oil, and experimental groups I, II and III were orally administered with extracts of A. senticosus at the dose of 5, 10 and 30 mg/kg in 10 ml corn oil for seven consecutive days at 24 h after $CCl_4$ injection. We assessed changes occurring in serum ALT, AST and GGT activities on the pre, day 0, day 1, day 2, day 3, day 5 and day 7, together with the histopathological findings. In experimental group I, the significant changes in serum ALT activities were found on day 5 (p<0.05) and day 7 (p<0.05), compared with those in the control group. However, significant differences were not found in the changes of serum AST and GGT activities. In experimental group II, significant changes were found on day 2 (p<0.05), day 3(p<0.05), day 5 (p<0.05) and day 7 (p<0.05) in serum ALT activities, on day 1 (p<0.05) in serum AST, and on day 2 (p<0.05) and day 3 (p<0.05) in serum GGr activities, respectively. In experimental group III, the changes in serum ALT, AST and GGT activities were not significant. In the histopathological evaluation, experimental group I and II showed much improvement, while experimental group III became worse when compared with the control group. Based on the results of the present study, it was concluded that low dose (below 10 mg/kg) administration of polyacetylene constituents from A. senticosus ethanol extracts was effective for recovery of acute hepatic injury induced by $CCl_4$ in dogs.

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