Vitamin E levels in buccal cells of arsenicosis patients following vitamin E supplementation

  • Mir Misbahuddin Division of Arsenic Research, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and Paraclinical Sciences, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Shahbag, Dhaka
  • Nadia Farha Division of Arsenic Research, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and Paraclinical Sciences, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Shahbag, Dhaka
Keywords: Arsenicosis, Buccal cell, Vitamin E


To understand the role of vitamin E in the treatment of arsenical melanosis and keratosis, the buccal cells of 19 patients, 14 arsenic exposed controls and 13 healthy volunteers were collected for the estimation of vitamin E both before and after supplementation with vitamin E (200 IU, caplet) daily orally for 20 weeks. The vitamin E levels in the buccal cells of patients were significantly low in comparison to healthy volunteers (healthy vs patients: 17.2  ±  4.4 vs 12.3 ± 6.1 mg/mg of protein; p=0.012). These low level of vitamin E in patients returned toward normal levels following supplementation with vitamin E for 20 weeks (p=0.044). The vitamin E levels in serum of patients were also low (healthy vs patients: 18.9 ± 4.4 vs 10.2 ± 2.6  mg/mL; p=0.000). Supplementation with vitamin E overcomed the low levels of vitamin E in serum. The cholesterol levels in buccal cells and serum of patients were significantly low in comparison to healthy volunteers (buccal cells of healthy vs patients: 24.5 ± 14.1 vs 10.3 ± 9.8 mg/mg of protein; p=0.005; serum of healthy vs patients: 153.5 ± 22.8 vs 125.3 ± 37.0 mg/dL; p=0.012). After supplementation of vitamin E, there was no significant change in cholesterol levels in both buccal cells and serum of patients.


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How to Cite
Misbahuddin, M., and N. Farha. “Vitamin E Levels in Buccal Cells of Arsenicosis Patients Following Vitamin E Supplementation”. Bangladesh Journal of Pharmacology, Vol. 8, no. 3, May 2013, pp. 236-41, doi:10.3329/bjp.v8i3.14954.
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