Natural Products Chemistry & Research

Natural Products Chemistry & Research
Open Access

ISSN: 2329-6836

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Belete Y

Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Ethiopian Public Health Institute, P.O.Box 1242, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  • Research Article   
    Natural Toxins of Ageratum conyzoides from Hepatic Vein Occlusive Disease Affected Community in Ethiopia
    Author(s): Belete Y*, Wondu K, Wiedenfeld H and Debella A

    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are phytotoxins produced by plants as a secondary metabolite against herbivores. PAs account for acute hepatotoxic, mutagenic, carcinogenic and teratogenic effects in humans and animals. In vivo PA intoxications of humans and animals are well documented all over the globe. The current study investigated the toxicological chemical make-up of Ageratum conyzoides L, collected from North Western Zones of Tigray region of Ethiopia, where episodic outbreak of hepatic veno-occlusive disease (HVOD) occurred. During the episodic outbreak multiple hundred deaths were reported due to PAs intoxications. PAs contamination occurred through food items such as millet in the farm fields. This study has led to take interventional measures against the causative agents to cease the morbidity and mortality. The identified PAs possesses the 1:2 double bond in the pyrrole ring .. Read More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2329-6836.20.8.370

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