A comparative study of the plasma level of arginase and rhodanese in smokers and non-smokers

  • Raphael Emuebie Okonji
  • Adenike Kuku

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to determine and compare the activities of arginase and rhodanese in the blood plasma of cigarette smokers and non-smokers. The activity of arginase in the blood plasma of smokers was higher than arginase activity in the non-smokers (NS), however, in the smokers with diseases (SWD), the increase was significant (p<0.0007). The comparison between the activity of rhodanese in the SWD, smokers without diseases (SWOD) and NS blood plasma revealed a decrease in the activity of rhodanese in NS and no significant difference in the three groups with p<0.8677. This paper reported the enhancing effect of cigarette smoking could have on the disease state of smokers due to high arginase activity.

Keywords; Rhodanese, Arginase, Cigarette smoking, Plasma

Nig. J. Physiol. Sci. 25(December 2010) 125 – 127

Author Biographies

Raphael Emuebie Okonji
Department of Biochemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Adenike Kuku
Department of Biochemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Published
2013-01-18
Section
Articles

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