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Antihepatotoxic Principles of Curcuma longa Rhizomes
5 7 1983
26 March 2007 (online)
An extract of the crude drug “ukon”, the rhizomes of Curcuma longa, exhibited intense preventive activity against carbon tetrachloride-induced liver injury in vivo and in vitro. The extract was subjected to fractionation by monitoring the activity by the in vitro assay methods employing carbon tetrachloride- and galactosamine-produced cytotoxicity in primary cultured rat hepatocytes. Curcuminoids were shown to possess significant antihepatotoxic action. The liver protective effects of some analogues of ferulic acid and p-coumaric acid, probable metabolites of the curcuminoids, were also evaluated.
Key Word Index
Curcuma longa - Zingiberaceae - Curcuminoids - Caffeic acid - Carbon tetrachloride- and galactosamine-induced cytotoxicity in primary cultured rat hepatocytes - Antihepatotoxic activity