The biochemical changes of ultrasonic waves on protein metabolism

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Benha University, Egypt

2 Department of surgery and radiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Benha University, Egypt, and director of diagnostic ultrasound unit, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Benha University


The biochemical changes in liver marker enzymes and protein metabolism after repeated exposure to
diagnostic ultrasonic waves in rabbits. Thirty-five male rabbits were used for the study; animals were
classified to five equal groups. Group I (control group) not exposed to ultrasound (control group) while
other groups (II, III, IV and V) were exposed to diagnostic ultrasound (5.5 MHz) 2 times per week for
different time (15, 30, 45 and 60min) for 5 weeks, respectively. Our results revealed that a highly
significant increase of serum liver marker enzymes (ALT, AST, GGT, Alp activities, total protein),
protein concentration in liver tissue, and changes in protein electrophoresis were observed after ten times
of ultrasound exposure. Also a significant increase of serum urea and uric acid concentrations were
observed in groups III, IV and V. with changes in electrophoretic pattern of liver protein electrophoresis
after five and ten times of exposure to ultrasound. Our results showed that, ultrasound exposure had
positive anabolic effect on protein metabolism when used for short period as 15 min. However, it had a
negative effect on protein metabolism when used for long durations more than 15 min of exposure