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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 137-139

Estimation of serum malondialdehyde as a marker of lipid peroxidation in medical students undergoing examination-induced psychological stress

1 Obesity Research Laboratory, Interactive Research Schoolfor Health Affairs, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Sharir Kriya, College of Ayurveda, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Supriya Bhalerao
Obesity Research Laboratory Interactive Research School for Health Affairs, Bharati Vidypeeth Deemed University, Pune - 411 043, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jss.JSS_13_17

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Background: When oxidant compounds target lipids, they can initiate the lipid peroxidation process, a chain reaction that produces multiple breakdown molecules, such as Malondialdehyde (MDA). Psychological stress is reported to induce enhancement of lipid peroxidation in the brain. Objective: The present study was therefore planned to evaluate whether there is increase in oxidative stress in medical students undergoing examination induced psychological stress. Materials and Method: Institutional Ethics Committee permission and seventy nine students of either sex between the age group 19 to 21 years. Students studying in first year of medical college were recruited in the study. All students signed the written informed consent before collecting blood samples. 5 ml of blood was collected from each student in a plain vaccutainer just before appearing for viva examination. Serum was separated immediately by centrifugation and MDA was estimated using (TBA) thiobarbituric acid method. Result: We observed that in 24 individuals lipid peroxidation was higher (>3 nmol/ml) than normal level (0-3 nmol/ml). The number of female students showing higher values of MDA was higher than male students with similar values of MDA (p<0.05). Conclusion: Our study thus highlights the relation between lipid peroxidation and psychological stress and also the sex wise difference in the stress levels.

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