In vitro Assessment of the Antioxidant Effect of Cunila microcephala Benth Infusion (Poejo) on Erythrocytes from Individuals with HIV/AIDS

  •  Roberta Horn    
  •  Natacha Mori    
  •  Juliana de Oliveira    
  •  Paulo Moreira    
  •  Janaina Coser    
  •  Janice Zanella    
  •  Diego Golle    
  •  Gabriela Gelatti    
  •  Rodrigo Salazar    


The aim of the present study is to investigate in vitro antioxidant activity of Cunila microcephala Benth infusion (Poejo) in erythrocytes from individuals with HIV/AIDS. Erythrocytes were used from seventeen patients of both sexes, with HIV/AIDS, receiving antiretroviral therapy and the control group consisted of erythrocytes of HIV/AIDS free individuals belonging to both sexes. The erythrocytes were treated in vitro for an hour with infusions of Poejo at the following concentrations: 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 g/L After treatment, the levels of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), carbonylated proteins (CPs), and reduced glutathione (GSH) were measured. A reduction in lipoperoxidation and protein carbonylation was observed after treatment with poejo tea at the concentrations of 5, 10, 25 and 50g/L. In addition, a reduction of GSH at such concentrations was observed. Poejo infusion appears to perform an antioxidant activity in lipid oxidation and in the protein carbonylation found in individuals with HIV/AIDS.

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