Effects of the probiotic agent Saccharomyces Boulardii on the DNA damage in acute necrotizing pancreatitis induced rats

Sahin T., Aydin S., Yueksel O., Bostanci H., Akyuerek N., Memis L., ...More

HUMAN & EXPERIMENTAL TOXICOLOGY, vol.26, no.8, pp.653-661, 2007 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0960327107077596
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.653-661
  • Keywords: acute necrotizing pancreatitis, COMET, DNA damage, probiotics, OXIDATIVE STRESS, PREBIOTICS, ANTIOXIDANTS, PREVENTION, CANCER, MODEL


Pancreatitis is a mild and self-limiting disease. Although severe forms such as acute necrotizing pancreatitis (ANP) are rare it is associated with significant mortality rate reported to be 30-70%. Probiotics are viable microbial dietary supplements when introduced in sufficient quantities can have beneficial effects. The physiological effects of probiotics include suppression of bacterial infections, production of some digestive enzymes and vitamins and reconstruction of normal intestinal microflora. In the present study, the aim was to investigate the role of probiotics on the DNA damage in the peripheral lymphocytes, in the exfoliated epithelial cells and lymphocytes of the peritoneal fluids and in the pancreatic acinar cells of ANP induced rats. DNA damage was determined by COMET assay. ANP was induced by intravenous infusion of cerulein and superimposed infusion glycodeoxycholic acid into biliopancreatic duct. Saccharomyces Boulardii was used as the probiotic agent. DNA damage in pancreatic acinar cells and exfoliated epithelial cells and the lymphocytes of the peritoneal fluids; was significantly higher in pancreatitis group compared to the controls and probiotic treated groups (P<0.001). No significant difference was observed in the DNA damage between the groups in the peripheral lymphocytes. In conclusion; our results support that probiotic agent Saccharomyces Boulardii can diminish bacterial infections and offer health benefits in the therapy of pancreatitis.