The protective effect of recombinant human erythropoietin against cisplatin-induced renal and hepatic dysfunctions in Wistar rats.Hum Exp Toxicol. 2013 Apr; 32(4):407-17.HE
Cisplatin (Cisp) is one of the most effective chemotherapeutic drugs. However, the dose of Cisp is greatly limited by its toxicity. Recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO), a hormone that regulates hematopoiesis, has also been shown to exert tissue-protective effects. The purpose of this study was to explore the protective effect of rhEPO against Cisp-induced renal and liver dysfunctions. Adult male Wistar rats were divided into six groups of six each: control, rhEPO-alone group, Cisp-alone group and rhEPO + Cisp group (pretreatment, cotreatment and posttreatment conditions). Our results showed that Cisp-induced a marked renal and liver failure characterized by a significant decrease in body weight, organ weight and organ ratio and a significant increase in creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, G-glutamyl transferase, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin conjugated and bilirubin total levels in serum. Histological examination showed that Cisp caused kidney alterations. rhEPO treatments restored body weight, organ weight and organ ratio as well as serum biochemical parameters changed due to Cisp exposure.