Background: The present study was undertaken to determine the 5'-nuc-leotidase enzyme activity in liver cirrhotic patients and alcohol consumers. Oxidative stress, antioxidants and their association with 5'-nucleotidase were also investigated. Methods: The study included three groups of 25 age and sex matched subjects: group I (control), group II (alcohol consumers) and group III (cirrhotic patients). Blood samples were collected and centrifuged for separation of plasma for analysis of 5'-nucleotidase. Separated cells were washed thrice with 0.9% w/v cold normal saline and used for the analysis of glutathione, malondialdehyde and superoxide dismutase. Results: The activity of serum 5'-nucleotidase was significantly increased in both cirrhotic patients and alcohol consumers. The levels of malondialdehyde were also significantly increased in both cirrhotic patients and alcohol consumers. The levels of glutathione and superoxide dismutase were significantly decreased in both cirrhotic patients and alcohol consumers. Conclusions: Study results indicated the activity of serum 5'-nucleotidase to be consistently higher in cirrhotic patients and alcohol consumers. The difference recorded might be pointing to the extent of liver damage, hepatobiliary damage, and biliary stasis.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 01-09-2009|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Biochemistry, medical