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Original Article
Korean J Parasitol. 1994 Sep;32(3):177-183. English.
Published online Sep 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1994.32.3.177
Copyright © 1994 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
Liver function in Clonorchis sinensis-infected rabbits
S J Hong,*1H C Woo,1M H Chung,1J H Ahn,1Y S Moon,2 and C H Choi2
1Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Chinju 660-280, Republic of Korea.
2Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Chinju 660-280, Republic of Korea.
Received July 28, 1994; Accepted August 05, 1994.

Abstract

Nine rabbits were fed with Clonorchis sinensis metacercariae (MC) and the blood samples chronologically obtained were analyzed biochemically. Rabbits infected by less than 100 flukes were grouped into Group I, and by 100-250 flukes into Group II. The serum level of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) was increased from 3 weeks after the infection of the metacercariae (AIM) and showed a peak at 8 weeks, and decreased from 12 weeks AIM. The serum level of aspartate aminotransferase (AST) was raised to 92.3 ± 65.4 U/L at 3 weeks AIM and stayed high until 8 weeks, then lowered thereafter. The serum level of γ-glutamyl transpeptidase (γ-GT) was increased rapidly to the highest value (18.9 ± 14.6 U/L) at 16 weeks AIM, and decreased to the control level after 20 weeks. The serum level of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) was headed down from the early infection to 52 weeks AIM. The serum cholesterol level was increased from 8 weeks and reached at a peak 16 weeks AIM, and decreased thereafter to the control level. It is suggested that serum ALT, AST, ALP and γ-GT tests be useful to diagnose the early infection of C. sinensis.

Tables


Table 1
Serum biochemical valuse from the Clonorchis sinensis-infected rabbits according to worm burden and period of infection

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