Naringin protects against cyclophosphamide-induced hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity through modulation of oxidative stress, inflammation, apoptosis, autophagy, and DNA damage.Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2018 Jul; 25(21):20968-20984.ES
Cyclophosphamide (CP) is a common chemotherapeutic agent that is effective against a wide variety of tumors. The associated hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity, however, limit its therapeutic use. Naringin (NG) is a natural flavanone glycoside that has pharmacological and therapeutic activities, such as anti-inflammation, anti-apoptotic, and antioxidant properties. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to evaluate the protective effect of NG against CP-induced hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity in rats. Rats were pre-treated with NG (50 and 100 mg/kg b.w.) for 7 days before administering a single dose of CP (200 mg/kg b.w.) on the seventh day. CP-induced hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity were associated with an increase in serum toxicity markers and a decrease in antioxidant enzyme activities. CP also induced inflammatory responses by increasing the levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and activities of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). Moreover, it activated the apoptotic and autophagic pathway by increasing cysteine aspartate-specific protease-3 (caspase-3) expression and light chain 3B (LC3B) level and also increased the expression of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), which is the marker of oxidative DNA damage. Pre-treatment with NG (50 and 100 mg/kg), however, significantly decreased serum toxicity markers, increased antioxidant enzyme activities, and regulated inflammation, apoptosis, autophagy, and oxidative DNA damage in hepatic and renal tissues. These results indicated that NG was an effective protectant against CP-induced hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity.