Monday, 15 November 2010

Influence Of Selenium And Fluoride On Blood Antioxidant Capacity Of Rats by Pei Feng, Jun-ren Wei, Zi-gui Zhang

This study is to explore the effect of selenium and fluoride on blood antioxidant capacity of rats, and try to find out the optimal level of selenium in drinking water against fluorosis. Animals were divided into control group, sodium fluoride treated group (NaF, 50 mg/L) and selenium + NaF treated group (sodium selenite 0.375, 0.75, 1.5 mg/L) in water were respectively administered to male rats, which were decapitated after 6 months. Their blood was collected for GSH-Px activity, plasma SOD activity, T-AOC assay, uric acid assay, sialic acid (SA) content and MDA content, and the fluidity of erythrocyte membrane by electron spin resonance (ESR) was analyzed. The results showed that, compared with the control group, the blood antioxidant capacity of the rats exposed to fluoride was down-regulated significantly (P < 0.05, P < 0.01), MDA content increased significantly (P < 0.05), the fluidity of erythrocyte membrane decreased (P < 0.05, P < 0.01). Meanwhile,the treatments of selenium along with NaF compared with fluorosis group, SOD activity, GSH-Px activity and T-AOC assay increased respectively, MDA content decreased significantly (P < 0.05) in NaF + Se (Se 0.75, 1.5 mg/L) treated groups, uric acid level was up-regulated, but had no statistical significant difference (P > 0.05). The fluidity of erythrocyte membrane showed significant increase (P < 0.05), the content of SA was lower. Fluorosis could induce the decline of blood antioxidant capacity and the fluidity of erythrocyte membrane, as evident in this study, and Se at different levels possess some antagonistic effects on blood induced by fluoride. However, high dose of selenium (1.5 mg/L) is the optimum concentration.

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