Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 160, Issue 3, pp 392–399 | Cite as

The Protective Effect of Physalis peruviana L. Against Cadmium-Induced Neurotoxicity in Rats

  • Ahmed E. Abdel MoneimEmail author
  • Amira A. Bauomy
  • Marwa M. S. Diab
  • Mohamed Tarek M. Shata
  • Ebtesam M. Al-Olayan
  • Manal F. El-Khadragy


The present study was carried out to investigate the protective effect of Physalis peruviana L. (family Solanaceae) against cadmium-induced neurotoxicity in rats. Adult male Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups. Group 1 was used as control. Group 2 was intraperitoneally injected with 6.5 mg/kg bwt of cadmium chloride for 5 days. Group 3 was treated with 200 mg/kg bwt of methanolic extract of Physalis (MEPh). Group 4 was pretreated with MEPh 1 h before cadmium for 5 days. Cadmium treatment induced marked disturbances in neurochemical parameters as indicating by significant (p < 0.05) reduction in dopamine (DA), serotonin (5-HT), and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) in cerebellum, hippocampus, and cerebral cortex and enhanced significantly (p < 0.05) the levels of lipid peroxidation and nitric oxide in the brain. Cadmium treatment also decreased the amount of nonenzymatic and enzymatic antioxidants significantly (p < 0.05). Pretreatment with MEPh resulted in significant (p < 0.05) decreases in lipid peroxidation and nitric oxide levels and restored the amount of glutathione successfully. Although, preadministration of MEPh also brought the activities of cellular antioxidant enzymes, namely superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione reductase significantly (p < 0.05) to the control levels, as well as the levels of Ca2+, Cl, DA, 5-HT, and serotonin metabolite, 5-HIAA. These data indicated that Physalis has a beneficial effect in ameliorating the cadmium-induced oxidative neurotoxicity in the brain of rats.


Physalis peruviana L. Cadmium Neurotoxicity Oxidative stress Rats 



This research project was supported by a grant from the Research Center of Female Center for Scientific and Medical Colleges, Deanship of Scientific Research, King Saud University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmed E. Abdel Moneim
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Amira A. Bauomy
    • 2
  • Marwa M. S. Diab
    • 3
  • Mohamed Tarek M. Shata
    • 4
  • Ebtesam M. Al-Olayan
    • 5
  • Manal F. El-Khadragy
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Asturias Institute of BiotechnologyUniversity of OviedoOviedoSpain
  2. 2.Department of Zoology and Entomology, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of HelwanCairoEgypt
  3. 3.Department of Molecular Drug EvaluationNational Organization for Drug Control and Research (NODCAR)GizaEgypt
  4. 4.Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Digestive DiseasesUniversity of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA
  5. 5.Department of Zoology, Faculty of ScienceKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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