The Effect of Camphor and Borneol on Rat Thymocyte Viability and Oxidative Stress

Emiliya Cherneva, Voja Pavlovic, Andrija Smelcerovic, Denitsa Yancheva
2012 Molecules  
Camphor and borneol are wildly distributed in the essential oils of medicinal plants from various parts of the World. Our study has been carried out to evaluate the effect of these two bicyclic monoterpenes on rat thymocytes. Camphor and borneol at concentrations of 0.5 and 5 µg/mL did not induce significant toxicity on the immune system cells, while a significant increase of thymocyte viability was detected when cells were incubated with 50 µg/mL of camphor. A significant increase of cell
more » ... crease of cell viability was similarly detected when thymocytes were cultivated with borneol at concentrations of 0.5 and 5 µg/mL. The role of camphor and borneol in reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) disturbances in rat thymocytes as well as their potential mechanism(s) of action were also discussed.
doi:10.3390/molecules170910258 pmid:22926306 fatcat:hecoanbvfvgb3hkymycaad7o7a