Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2012 / Article / Fig 10

Research Article

Protective Effect of Silymarin against Acrolein-Induced Cardiotoxicity in Mice

Figure 10

The effect of ACR and SN pretreatment on the protein level of caspase-3 (pro- and cleaved caspase-3) in heart of mice. (a) Representative western blots indicating specific bands for procaspase-3, cleaved caspase-3, and β-actin as an internal control. Equal amounts of protein sample (50 μg) obtained from whole heart homogenate were applied in each lane. These bands are representative of six separate experiments. (b) Densitometric data of protein analysis. Vehicle-control group received normal saline +0.5% w/v methylcellulose, orally for 3 weeks. ACR was given (7.5 mg/kg, orally) for 3 weeks. SN was injected 7 days before ACR and daily thereafter throughout the study (3 weeks). Vit E (100 IU/Kg, three times per week) plus ACR were administrated for 3 weeks. SN alone at dose (100 mg/kg, intraperitoneally) was treated for 4 weeks. Data are expressed as the mean ± SEM. *** versus vehicle-control group, ### versus ACR group.