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Roghani M, Baluchnejadmojarad T. Antinociceptive Effect of Curcumin, an Effective Constituent of Turmeric, in Diabetic Rats and Evaluation of the Involvement of Lipid Peroxidation. mjms. 2012; 15 (1) :23-32
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1- 1- Neurophysiology Research Center, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran 2- Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran
2- Professor, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (5679 Views)
Objective: This study was designed to investigate the antinociceptive effect of curcumin in diabetic rats by using the formalin and hot tail immersion tests. Methods: Wistar rats were divided into the following six groups:  control; curcumin-treated control (50 mg/kg); diabetic; sodium salicylate (SS)-treated diabetic; and two curcumin-treated diabetic groups (10 and 50 mg/kg). Curcumin was administered seven days after streptozotocin injection for a total of five weeks. Results: High-dose curcumin treatment of diabetic rats reduced the pain score in both acute and chronic phases of the formalin test (p<0.05). SS-treated diabetic rats had a reduction in pain score only in the chronic phase of the formalin test (p<0.05). In the hot tail immersion test, diabetic rats showed a significant reduction in tail flick latency compared to the control group (p<0.01). High-dose curcumin treated diabetic rats showed significantly increased latency relative to untreated diabetic rats (p<0.05). Diabetic rats also showed a significant increase in the tissue level of malondialdehyde (MDA; p<0.01). High-dose curcumin treated diabetic rats had a significantly reduced level of MDA (p<0.05). Conclusion: Chronic administration of curcumin could attenuate the nociceptive score in both the acute and chronic phases of the formalin test in a streptozotocin-induced experimental model of diabetes mellitus and increase thermal pain threshold. The beneficial effect of curcumin is partly attributed to attenuation of lipid peroxidation in the periphery.
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Article Type: Original Manuscipt | Subject: Physiology
Received: 2011/12/7 | Accepted: 2012/05/6

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