Red beetroot extract mitigates chlorpyrifos-induced reprotoxicity associated with oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis in rats.
Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2019 Dec 10. Epub 2019 Dec 10. PMID: 31823260
The goal of our investigation is to evaluate the potential protective efficacy of red beetroot extract (RBR) against testicular toxicity produced by CPF in rats. CPF exposure decreased the weight of testis and the levels of luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone and testosterone. CPF impaired also the oxidative status in favor of pro-oxidant molecules in the testicular tissue. Additionally, CPF stimulated the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and their gene expression. Concomitantly, an apoptotic cascade has been observed upon CPF intoxication. However, RBR administration protected the testis tissue through modulating the hormonal level, inhibiting the oxidative damage, inflammation and the apoptotic responses following CPF intoxication. The obtained data recommend the use of RBR to prevent CPF-induced testicular damage via antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-apoptotic pathways.