Amikacin induced renal damage and the role of the antioxidants on neonatal rats

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Kara A., ÇETİN H., Oktem F., ÇİRİŞ İ. M. , Altuntas I., Kaya S.

RENAL FAILURE, vol.38, no.5, pp.671-677, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/0886022x.2016.1155393
  • Journal Name: RENAL FAILURE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.671-677


Amikacin (AK) is frequently used on the treatment of Gram-negative infections on neonates, but its usage is restricted because of nephrotoxicity. In this study, on neonatal rats, we aimed to investigate the effects of erythropoietin and vitamin E on AK induced nephrotoxicity. A total of 35 newborn Wistar Albino rats were divided into four groups: (1) injected with saline (serum physiological was administered to placebo controls), (2) injected with AK (1200mg/kg), (3) injected with AK+vitamin E (150mg/kg), (4) injected with AK+erythropoietin (EPO) (300IU/kg/day). In renal tissue, AK levels were significantly high in all groups except the control. Tissue malondialdehyde (MDA) and nitric oxide (NO) levels were statistically higher in AK -treated group than the control. MDA and NO levels were significantly decreased with the administration of vitamin E and EPO. Glutathione peroxidase (GPX) levels were statistically low in AK group compared with the controls. The levels of GPX, in vitamin E group, were increased significantly. However, superoxide dismutase and catalase levels were not significantly different in none of the groups. Insulin-like growth factor-1 values in AK, EPO and vitamin E groups were significantly higher than the control group. Histomorphological changes such as tubular epithelial necrosis were seen in AK treated group. Histopathological improvements observed with EPO and vitamin E administration. AK nephrotoxicity is related to oxidative stress and is supported with biochemical and histopathological findings. Vitamin E and EPO, as antioxidants, can be useful renoprotective agents for ameliorating AK induced nephrotoxicity in neonates.