Oxidative stress in the development of liver cirrhosis: A comparison of two different experimental models

Sathish Kumar Natarajan, Simmy Thomas, Prabhu Ramamoorthy, Jayasree Basivireddy, Anna B. Pulimood, Anup Ramachandran, Kunissery A. Balasubramanian

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Background/Aims: Oxidative stress has been implicated in liver cirrhosis. Carbon tetrachloride and thioacetamide are the most widely used models to develop cirrhosis in rats and the present study compares oxidative stress in the liver induced by these compounds at different stages of cirrhosis development. Methods: Twice-weekly intragastric or intraperitoneal administration of carbon tetrachloride or thioacetamide, respectively, produced liver cirrhosis after 3 months. Histology, serum markers and hepatic hydroxy proline content confirmed the cirrhosis. Results: An increase in oxidative stress parameters was seen in mitochondria, peroxisomes and microsomes from the liver after carbon tetrachloride or thioacetamide treatment. Oxidative stress was more severe in carbon tetrachloride treated animals than thioacetamide. Mild oxidative stress was evident at 1 and 2 months of treatment and a significant increase was seen by 3 months of treatment with either compound. By this time, frank liver cirrhosis was also observed. Conclusions: These results suggest that evidence of oxygen free radicals is also found early in the development of fibrosis and cirrhosis in both models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)947-957
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Australia)
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Oxidative stress
  • Subcellular organelles
  • Thioacetamide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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