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Mutat Res. 2012 Sep 18;747(2):202-6. doi: 10.1016/j.mrgentox.2012.05.011. Epub 2012 Jun 1.

Induction of DNA fragmentation, chromosome aberrations and micronuclei by cisplatin in rat bone-marrow cells: protective effect of recombinant human erythropoietin.

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Laboratory of Research on Biologically Compatible Compounds, Faculty of Dentistry, Monastir, Tunisia.


Cisplatin (Cisp) is one of the most effective chemotherapeutic agents. However, at higher doses several side effects may occur. Recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO), a glycoprotein regulating haematopoiesis, has recently been shown to exert an important cyto-protective effects in many tissues. The purpose of this study was to explore whether rhEPO protects against Cisp-induced genotoxicity in rat bone-marrow cells. Adult male Wistar rats were divided into six groups of 18 animals each: control group, rhEPO-alone group, Cisp-alone group and three rhEPO+Cisp-groups (pre-, co- and post-treatment condition, respectively). Our results show that Cisp induced a noticeable genotoxic effect in rat bone-marrow cells. In all types of treatment, rhEPO significantly decreased the frequency of micronuclei, the percentage of chromosome aberrations and the level of DNA damage. The protective effect of rhEPO was more efficient when it was administrated 24h before exposure to Cisp.

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