Effects of proanthocyanidins from grape seed on treatment of recurrent ulcerative colitis in rats

Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2010 Sep;88(9):888-98. doi: 10.1139/y10-071.


The aim of the present study was to investigate the therapeutic effect and mechanism of proanthocyanidins from grape seed (GSPE) in the treatment of recurrent ulcerative colitis (UC) in rats. To induce recurrent colitis, rats were instilled with 2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS) (80 mg/kg) into the colon through the cannula in the first induced phase, and then the rats were instilled a second time with TNBS (30 mg/kg) into the colon on the sixteenth day after the first induction UC. Rats were intragastrically administered GSPE (200 mg/kg) per day for 7 days after twice-induced colitis by TNBS. Sulfasalazine at 500 mg/kg was used as a positive control drug. Rats were killed 7 days after GSPE treatment. The colonic injury and inflammation were assessed by macroscopic and macroscopic damage scores, colon weight/length ratio (mg/cm), and myeloperoxidase activity. Then, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) activities, and the levels of malonyldialdehyde, glutathione, and nitric oxide in serum and colonic tissues were measured. Compared with the recurrent UC group, GSPE treatment facilitated recovery of pathologic changes in the colon after induction of recurrent colitis, as demonstrated by reduced colonic weight/length ratio and macroscopic and microscopic damage scores. The myeloperoxidase and iNOS activities with malonyldialdehyde and nitric oxide levels in serum and colon tissues of colitis rats were significantly decreased in the GSPE group compared with those in the recurrent UC group. In addition, GSPE treatment was associated with notably increased superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase activities, and glutathione levels of colon tissues and serum of rats. GSPE exerted a protective effect on recurrent colitis in rats by modifying the inflammatory response, inhibiting inflammatory cell infiltration and antioxidation damage, promoting damaged tissue repair to improve colonic oxidative stress, and inhibiting colonic iNOS activity to reduce the production of nitric oxide.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / pharmacology
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Anti-Ulcer Agents / pharmacology
  • Anti-Ulcer Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / chemically induced
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / drug therapy*
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / metabolism
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / pathology
  • Colon / enzymology
  • Colon / metabolism
  • Colon / pathology
  • Glutathione / blood
  • Glutathione / metabolism
  • Grape Seed Extract / pharmacology
  • Grape Seed Extract / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Malondialdehyde / blood
  • Malondialdehyde / metabolism
  • Neutrophil Infiltration / drug effects
  • Nitric Oxide / blood
  • Nitric Oxide / metabolism
  • Nitric Oxide Synthase Type II / blood
  • Nitric Oxide Synthase Type II / metabolism
  • Organ Size
  • Oxidoreductases / blood
  • Oxidoreductases / metabolism
  • Peroxidase / metabolism
  • Proanthocyanidins / pharmacology
  • Proanthocyanidins / therapeutic use*
  • Random Allocation
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Severity of Illness Index


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Anti-Ulcer Agents
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins
  • Proanthocyanidins
  • Nitric Oxide
  • Malondialdehyde
  • Oxidoreductases
  • Peroxidase
  • Nitric Oxide Synthase Type II
  • Nos2 protein, rat
  • Glutathione