Journal article

Beta-carotene and lutein protect HepG2 human liver cells against oxidant-induced damage.

KR Martin, ML Failla, JC Smith

J Nutr | Published : 1996


Numerous epidemiological studies support a strong inverse relationship between consumption of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables and the incidence of some degenerative diseases. One proposed mechanism of protection by carotenoids centers on their putative antioxidant activity, although direct evidence in support of this contention is limited at the cellular level. The antioxidant potential of beta-carotene (BC) and lutein (LUT), carotenoids with or without provitamin A activity, respectively, was evaluated using the human liver cell line HepG2. Pilot studies showed that a 90-min exposure of confluent cultures to 500 mumol/L tert-butylhydroperoxide (TBHP) at 37 degrees C significantly (P ..

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