Biological effect of di (p-methylbenzoyl) diselenide (in vitro) and its acute hepatotoxicity on rats (in vivo)

Document Type : Research article


1 Biochemistry department, faculty of Science, Alexandria University

2 chemistry department, faculty of Science, Alexandria University


Selenium plays an important role in biological system due to its incorporation in glutathione peroxidases and thioredoxin reductase as prosthetic group, the pharmacological studies of synthetic organoseleno-compounds revealed these molecules to be used as antioxidants, enzyme inhibitors, neuroprotectors, antitumor, anti-infectious agents, cytokine inducers and immuno-modulators. The present study was undertaken to elucidate Synthesis and biological effect Di (p-methylbenzoyl) diselenide (DMBDS) in vitro. Di (p-methylbenzoyl) diselenide DMBDS was synthesized and its structure was confirmed by different spectroscopy techniques. In vitro dose response of DMBDS on lipid peroxidation, nitrite content, GPx and arginase activities beside blood coagulation were measured. Acute toxicological effects were assessed by single orally injected Swiss albino mice with different DMBDS concentrations. In vitro results revealed that DMBDS induces oxidative stress, elevation of arginase activity and acts as coagulant.


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