Deleterious effects of cypermethrin on rat liver and kidney: protective role of sesame oil

J Environ Sci Health B. 2012;47(4):306-14. doi: 10.1080/03601234.2012.640913.


The involvement of reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been implicated in the toxicity of various pesticides. Our study was designed to investigate the induction of oxidative stress by cypermethrin; a Type II pyrethroid in rat liver and kidney. In addition, the protective role of sesame oil against the toxicity of cypermethrin was investigated. Animals were divided into four equal groups; the first group used as control while groups 2, 3 and 4 were treated with sesame oil (5 mL/kg b.w), cypermethrin (12 mg/kg b.w) and the combination of both sesame oil (5 mL/kg b.w) plus cypermethrin (12 mg/kg b.w), respectively. Rats were daily administered with their respective doses for 30 days by gavage. Repeated oral administration of cypermethrin was found to reduce the level of glutathione (GSH) and the activities of the antioxidant enzymes. While, the level of TBARS was elevated indicating the presence of oxidative stress. The activities of LDH, AST and ALT were decreased in the liver extract while increased in the plasma of the cypermethrin-treated group. Also, the levels of urea and creatinine were significantly increased after treatment with cypermethrin. Liver and kidney injury was confirmed by the histological changes. In conclusion, the administration of sesame oil provided significant protection against cypermethrin-induced oxidative stress, biochemical changes, histopathological damage and genomic DNA fragmentation.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antioxidants / metabolism
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney / drug effects*
  • Kidney / metabolism
  • Lipid Peroxidation / drug effects
  • Liver / drug effects*
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Oxidative Stress / drug effects
  • Pesticides / metabolism
  • Pesticides / toxicity*
  • Protective Agents / pharmacology*
  • Pyrethrins / metabolism
  • Pyrethrins / toxicity*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism
  • Sesame Oil / pharmacology*


  • Antioxidants
  • Pesticides
  • Protective Agents
  • Pyrethrins
  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • cypermethrin
  • Sesame Oil