The activities of antioxidant enzymes as well as the levels of basal and enzyme induced peroxidation have been investigated in liver of female Wistar undernourished rats. Food restriction was applied starting from the age of 3.5 months by feeding the animals on every-other-day schedule (EOD). Diet restriction prevented the age-dependent increase of basal and enzyme induced lipid peroxidation in both mitochondrial and microsomal liver membrane preparations. The activities of antioxidant enzyme, i.e. superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) of liver decreased during aging in ad libitum fed rats. In the diet conditioned animals, a small increase of SOD and a complete recovery of CAT activities were observed. Present data support that food restriction improved the protection against peroxidation, and this may be in close relationship with the life prolonging effect of such a treatment.
- Antioxidant enzymes
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