Hepatoprotective Effect of Tagetes Erecta L. Extract on Carbon Tetrachloride Induced Hepatotoxicity in Rats
Tagetes erecta L. is a widespread garden plant that is commonly known as the marigold, and it is widely used as a medicinal herb for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-edematous properties, which are important for phytotherapeutic, dermatological and cosmetic applications. In this study, the protective effects of water extract of Tagetes erecta L. against liver damage were evaluated in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced chronic hepatotoxicity in rats. The results showed that the treatment of extract significantly lowered the CCl4-induced serum levels of hepatic enzyme markers (GOT, GPT, ALP, and total bilirubin Liver histopathology showed that extract reduced the incidence of liver lesions including hepatic cells cloudy swelling, lymphocytes infiltration, hepatic necrosis, and fibrous connective tissue proliferation induced by CCl4 in rats. Therefore, the results of this study suggest that Tagetes erecta L. Extract could protect liver against the CCl4-induced oxidative damage in rats, and this hepatoprotective effect might be contributed to its modulation on detoxification enzymes and its antioxidant and free radical scavenger effects.
Keywords: Tagetes erecta L., Carbon Tetrachloride, Liver Damage, Hepato-protection
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