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In our study, the protective effects of vitamin E and Se (selenium) against cigarette smoke hazards on second-hand smoker (passive smoker) male mice (Balb/c) were investigated. Serum MDA levels in the smoke-exposed mice were found higher than serum MDA levels of control mice and Se- and vitamin E-treated mice. But, the MDA levels of smoke-exposed plus Se- and vitamin E-treated mice were found lower than MDA levels of smoke-exposed mice at the end of the three and five months. According to these results, application of vitamin E and Se, when given to smoke-exposed mice together, had an additive protective effect against cigarette smoke hazards (p<0.05). Vitamin E also had protective effect on formation of 8-OHdG in smoke-exposed mice. The serum 8-OHdG amounts of smoke-exposed plus vitamin E-treated mice were found low, but the serum 8-OHdG amounts of smoke-exposed mice were found high. Also 8-OHdG levels in the serum of the smoke-exposed mice were increased which occurs as a result of DNA oxidation (p<0.05). At the end of the three and five months, COMT (catechol-o-methyl transferase) activity of smoke-exposed mice livers were increased but, vitamin E and/or Se showed a significant protective effect on changing of COMT activity only at the end of the 5 months. Our results showed that MDA levels and 8-OHdG amounts were increased in the serum of smoke-exposed mice. On the other hand, vitamin E and Se had an additive protective effect against increasing MDA level. Also vitamin E had a protective effect against formation of 8-OHdG amounts and COMT activity alterations.

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