Protective effects of quercetin on liver injury induced by ethanol

Pharmacogn Mag. 2010 Apr;6(22):135-41. doi: 10.4103/0973-1296.62900. Epub 2010 May 5.

Abstract

Quercetin, a natural compound of multiple origins, has broad biopharmacological effects, such as antioxidant, directly scavenging free radical, and hepatoprotectivity effects. This study is designed to investigate the interveneous effect of quercetin on liver injury induced by ethanol in rats. The rats that were orally treated with 50% ethanol for continuous ten days, which resulted in cell necrosis, fibrosis and inflammatory infiltration, were included in this study. Higher contents of AST, ALT ADH, gamma-GT, TG in plasma and MDA in liver tissue, and lower content of GSH in liver tissue were highlighted in ethanol-treated rats when compared with healthy ones. The levels of cytokines such as IL-1beta, IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-alpha in rats plasma were also significantly enhanced, and level of IL-10 was obviously lowered through ethanol treatment. By preventive and synchronism treatment with quercetin for fourteen days, the contents of AST, ALT ADH, gamma-GT, TG and MDA, and levels of IL-1beta, IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-alpha were significantly reduced, whereas GSH and level of IL-10 were obviously increased. It may be deduced that quercetin, by multiple mechanisms interplay, demonstrated somewhat protective effect on liver injury induced by ethanol in rats.

Keywords: Quercetin; ethanol; liver injury; protective effect; rat.