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Abstract Title:

Role of Nigella sativa and Its Constituent Thymoquinone on Chemotherapy-Induced Nephrotoxicity: Evidences from Experimental Animal Studies.

Abstract Source:

Nutrients. 2017 Jun 17 ;9(6). Epub 2017 Jun 17. PMID: 28629150

Abstract Author(s):

Marco Cascella, Giuseppe Palma, Antonio Barbieri, Sabrina Bimonte, Nagoth Joseph Amruthraj, Maria Rosaria Muzio, Vitale Del Vecchio, Domenica Rea, Michela Falco, Antonio Luciano, Claudio Arra, Arturo Cuomo

Article Affiliation:

Marco Cascella


BACKGROUND: Most chemotherapeutic drugs are known to cause nephrotoxicity. Therefore, new strategies have been considered to prevent chemotherapy-induced nephrotoxicity. It is of note that Nigella sativa (NS), or its isolated compound Thymoquinone (TQ), has a potential role in combating chemotherapy-induced nephrotoxicity.

AIM: To analyze and report the outcome of experimental animal studies on the protective effects of NS/TQ on chemotherapy-associated kidney complications.

DESIGN: Standard systematic review and narrative synthesis.

DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE databases were searched for relevant articles published up to March 2017. Additionally, a manual search was performed. Criteria for a study's inclusion were: conducted in animals, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, containing data on nephroprotective effects of NS/TQ compared to a placebo or other substance. All strains and genders were included.

RESULTS: The database search yielded 71 studies, of which 12 (cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity 8; methotrexate-induced nephrotoxicity 1; doxorubicin-induced nephrotoxicity 2; ifosfamide-induced nephrotoxicity 1) were included in this review.

CONCLUSIONS: Experimental animal studies showed the protective effect of NS, or TQ, on chemotherapy-induced nephrotoxicity. These effects are caused by decreasing lipid peroxidation and increasing activity of antioxidant enzymes in renal tissue of chemotherapy-treated animals.

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