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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013, Article ID 510879, 15 pages
Research Article

Pretreatment Hepatoprotective Effect of the Marine Fungus Derived from Sponge on Hepatic Toxicity Induced by Heavy Metals in Rats

1Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
2Laboratory of Systemic Mycology, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismaileya, Egypt
3Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
4Marine Chemistry Division, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF), Marine Biotechnology and Natural Product Lab, Alexandria, Egypt

Received 28 September 2012; Revised 15 November 2012; Accepted 15 November 2012

Academic Editor: José Carlos Tavares Carvalho

Copyright © 2013 Nehad M. Abdel-Monem et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the pretreatment hepatoprotective effect of the extract of marine-derived fungus Trichurus spiralis Hasselbr (TS) isolated from Hippospongia communis sponge on hepatotoxicity. Twenty-eight male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups ( ). Group I served as −ve control, group II served as the induced group receiving subcutaneously for seven days 0.25 mg heavy metal mixtures, group III received (i.p.) TS extract of dose 40 mg for seven days, and group IV served as the protected group pretreated with TS extract for seven days as a protection dose, and then treated with the heavy metal-mixture. The main pathological changes within the liver after heavy-metal mixtures administrations marked hepatic damage evidenced by foci of lobular necrosis with neutrophilic infiltration, adjacent to dysplastic hepatocytes. ALT and AST measurements show a significant increase in group II by 46.20% and 45.12%, respectively. Total protein, elevated by about 38.9% in induction group compared to the −ve control group, in contrast to albumin, decreased as a consequence of metal administration with significant elevation on bilirubin level. The results prove that TS extract possesses a hepatoprotective property due to its proven antioxidant and free-radical scavenging properties.