This study investigated the effect of sesamol (3,4-methylenedioxyphenol) on systemic oxidative stress and hepatic function in acutely iron-intoxicated mice. Sesamol reduced the levels of lipid peroxidation, hydroxyl radical, iron production and superoxide anion generation, and xanthine oxidase activity in iron-intoxicated mice. In addition, sesamol decreased the serum levels of aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase, and ameliorated iron-intoxication-induced histological changes in the liver. In summary, sesamol might attenuate systemic oxidative stress by reducing xanthine oxidase and improving hepatic function in iron-intoxicated mice.
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