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Food Chem Toxicol. 2008 Sep;46(9):3178-81. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2008.07.004. Epub 2008 Jul 17.

Protective effect of Zingiber officinale roscoe against anticancer drug doxorubicin-induced acute nephrotoxicity.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Amala Nagar, Thrissur, Kerala 680 555, India.


Oxidative stress due to abnormal production of reactive oxygen species has been implicated in the nephrotoxicity induced by a commonly used anticancer antibiotic doxorubicin (DXN). The nephroprotective effect of aqueous ethanol extract of Zingiber officinale (200 and 400mg/kg, p.o) was evaluated against doxorubicin-induced (15mg/kg, i.p) acute renal damage in rat. Serum urea and creatinine levels were evaluated as the markers of renal failure. Renal antioxidant status such as activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and level of reduced glutathione (GSH) were determined. Level of lipid peroxidation as equivalents of malondialdehyde (MDA), and glutathione-S-transferase (GST) activity were determined in the kidneys. Serum urea and creatinine levels were reduced in the Z. officinale (200 and 400mg/kg, p.o) plus DXN treated groups. The renal antioxidant enzymes activities such as SOD, CAT GPx, levels of GSH and GST activity were restored and that of MDA declined significantly (p<0.001) in the Z. officinale (400mg/kg) plus DXN treated group. The nephroprotection is mediated by preventing the DXN-induced decline of renal antioxidant status, and also by increasing the activity of GST.

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