Effect of L-ascorbic acid supplementation on the toxicity of pirimiphos-methyl to albino rats

Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1985;55(4):421-4.


The effect of L-ascorbic acid supplementation on Pirimiphos-methyl induced toxicity was studied in albino rats. Biochemical estimations were made in rats administered orally the insecticide at 100 and 200 mg/kg body weight with or without oral supplementation of L-ascorbic acid at 200 mg/kg b.w. The biochemical assessments included estimations of brain and plasma cholinesterases, levels of ascorbic acid in liver, kidney and adrenals, urinary levels of ascorbic acid and glucuronic acid. A lower degree of inhibition of the cholinesterases were evident in ascorbic acid supplemented rats. Marked elevation in urinary levels of ascorbic acid and glucuronic acid was observed in the insecticide treated rats. Results of this study suggests that L-ascorbic acid supplementation partially offsets Pirimiphos-methyl induced toxicity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acetylcholinesterase / metabolism
  • Adrenal Glands / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Ascorbic Acid / metabolism
  • Ascorbic Acid / pharmacology*
  • Ascorbic Acid / urine
  • Brain / enzymology
  • Butyrylcholinesterase / metabolism
  • Glucuronates / urine
  • Glucuronic Acid
  • Insecticides / toxicity*
  • Kidney / metabolism
  • Kinetics
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Male
  • Organothiophosphorus Compounds / toxicity*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Tissue Distribution


  • Glucuronates
  • Insecticides
  • Organothiophosphorus Compounds
  • pirimiphos methyl
  • Glucuronic Acid
  • Acetylcholinesterase
  • Butyrylcholinesterase
  • Ascorbic Acid