The preventive effect of low molecular weight heparin on CCL4-induced necrosis and apoptosis in rat liver

KÜKNER A., TÖRE F., FIRAT T., TERZİ E. H., ÖNER H., Balaban Y. H., ...More

ANNALS OF HEPATOLOGY, vol.9, no.4, pp.445-454, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s1665-2681(19)31621-7
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.445-454
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction Heparin having anti inflammatory and anti fibrotic properties may have therapeutic effect on liver injury The present study investigated the effect of low molecular weight heparin (Enoxaparin) on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced hepatic necrosis and apoptosis in rats Material and methods Thirty male rats were divided into 5 groups Group I Control, Group II Olive oil dissolved CCl4 at dose of 1 mL/kg, ip, twice per week, Group III CCl4 and Enoxaparin at dose of 180 IU/kg, sc, daily, Group IV Enoxaparin, Group V Olive oil at dose of 1 mL, ip, twice per week The liver histology at the forth week was examined by haematoxylin eosin, Masson's trichrome, Toluidine blue and Periodic acid schiff stains Proliferative and apoptotic activities were assessed semi quantitatively by proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and cas pase 3 immune staining and TUNEL method Semi quantitative values formulated by the equation HSCORE = Sigma P-i (1+1) including both distribution and intensity of staining Additionally, mdogen and a smooth muscle actin were labeled by immunohistochemistry Results CCl4 group had marked hepatocelluar necrosis around the vena centralis and increased inflammatory cells and mast cells Hepatocytes showed deposition of lipid droplets, decrease in glycogen, apoptosis, and picnotic or enlarged nuclei Enoxaparin reduced necrosis, apoptosis, and number of mast cells but had no effect on lipid droplets in hepatocytes HSCORE's of caspase 3 and PCNA were also significantly decreased by administration Conclusion Enoxaparin have beneficial effects against necrosis as well as apoptosis at the early stage of CCL4 induced liver injury