Ameliorative Effect of Coenzyme Q10 and/or Candesartan on Carboplatin-Induced Nephrotoxicity: Roles of Apoptosis, Transforming Growth Factor-Β1, Nuclear Factor Kappa-B And The Nrf2/HO-1 Pathway

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia.

2 Pharmacology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt.

3 Pharmacology and Toxicology Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Helwan University, Egypt.


Background: Carboplatin is a drug that is used for treatment of many types of cancer. However, it may produce serious nephrotoxicity. Candesartan is angiotensin II receptor antagonist employed mainly for control of hypertension. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat-soluble substance which was proven to have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Aim: Our aim was to study the effects of candesartan and/or CoQ10 on carboplatin-induced nephrotoxicity in mice. Methods: Sixty mice were divided into 6 equal groups: Control untreated; carboplatin; carboplatin + candesartan; carboplatin + CoQ10; carboplatin + carboxymethyl cellulose; and carboplatin + candesartan + CoQ10 group. Kidney weight/body weight ratio, blood urea, serum creatinine, creatinine clearance, urinary N-acetyl beta-D-glucosaminidase (NAG), gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) and the urinary albumin excretion rate (UAER) were determined. Renal tissue catalase (CAT), glutathione reductase (GR), nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2), heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) were also determined, along with mitochondrial complex I activity. In addition, portions of the kidney were subjected to histopathological and immunohistochemical examination. Results: Candesartan and/or CoQ10 induced significant improvement of renal and mitochondrial functions with significant increase in tissue CAT, GR, Nrf2 and HO-1 content associated with significant decrease in the kidney weight/body weight ratio, tissue TGF-β1, TNF-α and IL-6 and alleviation of the histopathological and immunohistochemical changes as compared to carboplatin alone group. These effects were more significant in candesartan/CoQ10 combination group compared to either candesartan or CoQ10 alone. Conclusion: Candesartan/CoQ10 combination might represent a beneficial therapeutic modality for amelioration of carboplatin-induced nephrotoxicity.


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