Abstract Title:

Ferulic acid ameliorates doxorubicin-induced cardiac toxicity in rats.

Abstract Source:

Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 2019 Jun ;392(6):659-668. Epub 2019 Feb 8. PMID: 30734092

Abstract Author(s):

Urmila Aswar, Umesh Mahajan, Amit Kandhare, Manoj Aswar

Article Affiliation:

Urmila Aswar


Ferulic acid (FA) is a phenolic compound with potent antioxidant activity. The objective of the study was to study the protective effects of FA on doxorubicin (Dox)-induced myocardial toxicity in rats. Wistar rats received vehicle (control) or Dox (20 mg/kg, i.p.) or telmisartan (Tel; 10 mg/kg, p.o.) or ferulic acid (20 mg/kg and 40 mg/kg, p.o.) for 7 days followed by treatment with Dox (20) on the fifth day of treatment, except the control group. On day 8, electrocardiographic parameters were recorded followed by blood withdrawal and then the animals were sacrificed for histopathology. Administration of Dox showed prolonged RR, QTc interval, and QRS complex. The levels of serum CK-MB, LDH, IL-1β, and IL-6 were significantly increased (p < 0.01). Similarly, levels of Ca, MgATPase, and CaATPase and expression of ANP and BNP were significantly higher as compared to the control. In the FA-treated group, ECG was normal. The serum levels of CK-MB, LDH, IL-1β, and IL-6 were not elevated. Heart tissue Ca, MgATPase, and CaATPase did not show a statistical difference compared to the control group. The FA treatment attenuated the expression of ANP and BNP. FA (20 and 40) augmented myocardial GSH and Na/KATPase. Histopathology of the heart confirmed the cardioprotective effect of FA.

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