[Effect of ethyl pyruvate on peroxidation injury of intestinal mucosa in rats with severe abdominal infection]

Zhongguo Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue. 2006 Mar;18(3):154-6.
[Article in Chinese]


Objective: To investigate the preventive effect of ethyl pyruvate (EP) on peroxidation injury to intestinal mucosa in rats with severe abdominal infection.

Methods: Thirty-six SD rats were divided randomly into three groups (n=30 in each group): control group (laparotomy only), infection group [cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) was performed to reproduce severe abdominal infection model] and EP group (CLP plus 40 mg/kg EP subcutaneous injection, once per 8 hours). The changes in intestinal mucosa pathologic score were observed, and malondialdehyde (MDA) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activities in intestinal tissue, and serum MDA levels were determined at postoperative 24 and 48 hours.

Results: Inflammation of small intestine mucosa was more severe in the infection group than in EP group, and the pathologic scores were lower in EP group than those of the infection group at post-CLP 24 and 48 hours (all P<0.05). There was a significant positive correlation between the intestinal and plasma MDA in the infection group (r=0.867, P<0.05). The MDA and MPO levels in intestinal tissue and serum were higher in the infection group than in EP group and control group (all P<0.05).

Conclusion: With severe intraperitoneal infection in rats, the intestinal mucosa is damaged by the reactive oxygen species. EP could ameliorate the injury of intestinal mucosa by attenuating the injurious effects of the reactive oxygen species.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Cavity*
  • Animals
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Female
  • Infections / metabolism
  • Infections / pathology*
  • Intestinal Mucosa / drug effects
  • Intestinal Mucosa / metabolism
  • Intestinal Mucosa / pathology*
  • Lipid Peroxidation / drug effects
  • Male
  • Malondialdehyde / blood
  • Malondialdehyde / metabolism
  • Peroxidase / metabolism
  • Pyruvates / pharmacology*
  • Random Allocation
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley


  • Pyruvates
  • ethyl pyruvate
  • Malondialdehyde
  • Peroxidase