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Menthapiperita L. Improves Liver Fibrosis On Experimental Schistosomiasis | 31416
ISSN: 2332-0877

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Menthapiperita L. improves liver fibrosis on experimental schistosomiasis

World Congress on Infectious Diseases

Anibal FF, DejaniNN, Souza LC, Oliveira SR, Neris DM, Rodolpho JM, Correia RO, RodriguesV, Sacramento LV, Faccioli LH and Afonso A

ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Infect Dis Ther

DOI: 10.4172/2332-0877.S1.002


Schistosomiasis is a chronic disease caused by an intravascular trematode of the genus Schistosoma. Praziquantel (PZQ), the
only drug recommended by the World Health Organization for the treatment and control of human schistosomiasis, is now
facing the threat of drug resistance, indicating the urgent need for new effective compounds to treat this disease. In this work we
investigated the immunomodulatory and antiparasitic effects of Mentha piperita L. (peppermint) on murine Schistosomiasis
mansoni. Female Balb/c mice were infected each with S. mansoni cercariae and divided into three experimental groups: (I)
untreated; (II) treated daily with M. piperita L. and (III) treated on 1/42/43 days post-infection with Praziquantel. Another
group with uninfected and untreated mice was used as a control. Subsequently, seven weeks post-infection, S. mansoni eggs
were counted in the feces and intestine. Worms were recovered by perfusion of the hepatic portal system and counted. Sera
levels of IL-10, IL-13, IFN-_ were assayed by ELISA. Animals treated with a daily dose of M. piperita L. showed increased sera
levels of IL-10, IFN-_, IgG2a and IgE. Besides, M. piperita L. treatment promoted reduction in parasite burden by 35.2% and
significant decrease in egg counts in the feces and intestine. Moreover, the treatment appears to involve liver modulation after
the onset of granuloma inflammation, and prevent liver fibrosis.


Anibal FF had completed her PhD from University of São Paulo, Brazil in Basic and Applied Immunology. As Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Parasitology
(Federal University of São Carlos) seeks new tools for the treatment, prevention and diagnostics for infectious diseases. Currently, they are working with two plants
and six enzymes and their effects against schistosomiasis mansoni and toxocariasis, about the treatment of the infectious diseases, their group studies effects of
plants (extracts) and their isolated fractions in order to evaluate the anti-parasitic and anti-inflammatory effects and for infectious disease prevention, moreover have
been working on the evaluation of the proteins of the parasite that has been potential to induce immune responses that decrease the parasite burden.

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