Egyptian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Effects of reduced glutathion and vitamin c on cisplatin-induced hepatotoxicity in rats

MM Afifi, AM Abbas


Cisplatin (CDDP) is a widely used anticancer drug, however it can
produce undesirable side effects such as hepatotoxicity when used at high
doses . The aim of the present work to evaluate the protective effect of
reduced glutathione (GSH) and vitamin C on CDDP-induced
hepatotoxicity . Eighty male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into eight
groups, 10 rats each. Group I , control group. Group II received Cisplatin
(7.5 mg /kg, i.p) for 5 consecutive days. Group III received GSH (600
mg/kg /day, i.p). Group IV received vitamin C (250 mg/kg/day, orally) .
Group V received GSH for 15 days then CDDP for 5 days. Group VI
administered vitamin C for 15 days then CDDP for 5 days. Group VII
administered both GSH and CDDP for 5 days . The last Group (VIII)
administered both vitamin C and CDDP for 5 days. Serum alanine
aminotransferase [ALT] and aspartate aminotransferase [AST] activities
(markers of hepatotoxicity), antioxidants (superoxide dismutase [SOD],
glutathione peroxidase [GSHPx], catalase [CAT], glutathione reductase
[GSHR] activities and gene expression, glutathione [GSH] content) and
lipid peroxidation products (malondialdehyde, MDA) in rat liver tissue
were measured. CDDP hepatotoxicity was manifested by an increase in
serum ALT and AST, elevation of MDA as well as a decrease in GSH and
the activities and gene expression of antioxidant enzymes (SOD, GSHPx,
CAT, GSHR) in liver tissues. Serum ALT, AST and hepatic MDA
decreased in the combination groups in comparison with the CDDP group.
The activities and gene expression of SOD, GSHPx, CAT and GSHR and
the GSH concentration increased in the combination groups as compared
to the CDDP group. Reduced glutathione and vitamin C either taken
before or concomitant with cisplatin attenuated the CDDP hepatotoxicity.

Key words: GSH , Vitamin C, CDP, Hepatotoxicity.
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