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The ultrastructure of palmyrah (Borassus flabellifer L) - intoxicated mouse hepatocytes

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R. Pathmanathan,

University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, MY
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Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine
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S. N. Arseculerarne ,

University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, MY
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Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine
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M. H. Wong

University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, MY
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Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine
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Abstract

Adult male BALB/cJ mice fed with 40% palmyrah (Borassus flabellifer L) flour were examined at intervals of 1-5 days. Their livers were examined by light and electron microscopy. The hepatocytes of flour fed mice showed profound changes compared with the liver cells of control mice fed pellets alone. On light microscopy, there was hydropic degeneration predominantly of perivenular hepatocytes, and mild periportal fatty degeneration without necrosis. Ultrastructural changes consisted of progressive mitochondrial swelling with loss of cristae, vesiculation of rough endoplasmic reticulum, with disaggregation and degranulation of ribosomes. These observations confirm the biochemical evidence of the occurrence of palmyrah-induced mitochondrial damage demonstrated by earlier workers. This report describes ultrastructural changes in the liver induced by palmyrah flour.
How to Cite: Pathmanathan, R., Arseculerarne, S.N. & Wong, M.H., (2001). The ultrastructure of palmyrah (Borassus flabellifer L) - intoxicated mouse hepatocytes. Ceylon Journal of Medical Science. 44(2), pp.35–40. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjms.v44i2.4865
Published on 29 Dec 2001.
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