The herbal preparation abana protects against radiation-induced micronuclei in mouse bone marrow

Ganesh Chandra Jagetia, R. Aruna

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The induction of micronuclei was studied in mouse bone marrow treated or not with 5, 10 and 20 mg/kg b.wt. of abana (a herbal preparation) before exposure to 0-3 Gy of γ-radiation. Whole-body irradiation of mice resulted in a dose-dependent increase in the frequency of micronuclei. Treatment of mice with various doses of abana before exposure to different doses of γ-rays resulted in a significant reduction of the micronucleus frequency at all exposure doses. The highest decline in the frequencies of micronuclei was observed after administration of 20 mg/kg abana, where the frequency of micronuclei was approximately 4-fold less than that of the concurrent control. The PCE/NCE ratio was significantly higher in the drug-treated group compared to DDW + irradiated control and it was almost restored to normal level after administration of 20 mg/kg abana. Our results demonstrate that abana protects mice against radiation-induced micronucleus formation and radiation-induced decline in cell proliferation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-163
Number of pages7
JournalMutation Research - Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 18-09-1997
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Genetics
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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