Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 142, Issue 3, pp 638–650 | Cite as

The Antioxidant and Antigenotoxic Effects of Pycnogenol® on Rats Treated With Cisplatin

  • Birsen AydinEmail author
  • Meftun Unsal
  • Zulal A. Sekeroglu
  • Yavuz Gülbahar


Oxidative stress and inflammation are implicated in the pathogenesis of cisplatin-induced toxicity. Pycnogenol® is known for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In this study, the possible protective effects of pycnogenol on kidney, bone marrow, and red blood cells in rats treated with cisplatin were investigated. The rats were divided into four groups. Group 1 was the control and groups 2, 3, and 4 were orally treated with pycnogenol (200 mg/kg bw, o.p) for 5 days, treated with cisplatin (7 mg/kg bw, i.p.) on the fifth day and treated with cisplatin plus pycnogenol, respectively. Antioxidative parameters in kidney and red blood cells were measured. Chromosome anomalies in bone marrow and renal histopathology were also investigated. Activities of pro-oxidant enzymes (myeloperoxidase and xanthine oxidase), malondialdehyde, and nitric oxide levels significantly increased but antioxidant enzymes activities decreased in the kidneys and red blood cells after cisplatin treatment. Pycnogenol treatment prior to the administration of cisplatin significantly decreased cisplatin-induced injury, as evidenced by its normalizing these parameters. Chromosomal aberrations decreased and mitotic index frequencies increased in bone marrow treated with cisplatin plus pycnogenol. These findings suggest that pycnogenol may be a useful protective agent against the toxicity associated with cisplatin therapy.


Cisplatin Pycnogenol® Oxidative stress Antioxidant enzymes Chromosomal aberrations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Birsen Aydin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Meftun Unsal
    • 2
  • Zulal A. Sekeroglu
    • 3
  • Yavuz Gülbahar
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Science, Department of BiologyAmasya UniversityAmasyaTurkey
  2. 2.Faculty of Medicine, Department of ChestOndokuz Mayis UniversitySamsunTurkey
  3. 3.Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of BiologyOrdu UniversityOrduTurkey
  4. 4.Faculty of Veterinary, Department of PathologyOndokuz Mayis UniversitySamsunTurkey

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