The hepatic and pulmonary effects of nitrofurantoin (40 mg/kg, intraperitoneally) were determined at 4 and 24 hr following its administration in mice fed for 10 weeks with a vitamin E sufficient, deficient or enriched diet. Liver glutathione (GSH) was reduced by nitrofurantoin at 4 hr but was unchanged 20 hr later. Nitrofurantoin did not affect liver glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase or superoxide dismutase activities. Liver catalase activities were decreased by nitrofurantoin at 4 hr. Lung GSH levels were increased whilst glutathione peroxidase activity was decreased at 4 and 24 hr. Lung glutathione reductase activity was reduced in certain groups. Nitrofurantoin did not affect lung superoxide dismutase, but catalase was decreased at 24 hr. Liver malondialdehyde levels were increased by nitrofurantoin in the vitamin E deficient group whilst lung malondialdehyde levels remained unchanged. Both liver and lung malondialdehyde levels were unaffected by vitamin E supplementation when compared to the vitamin E-sufficient group. These results suggest that nitrofurantoin (40 mg/kg) was deleterious to the liver and lung. Nitrofurantoin-induced lipid peroxidation was seen in vitamin E deficiency but an increase in dietary vitamin E content did not provide additional protection compared to the recommended daily allowance. The antioxidant activities of alpha-tocopherol and gamma-enriched tocotrienol were similar.
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