Possible Protective Effects of Curcumin via Modulating of Androgen Receptor (AR) and Oct2 Gene Alterations in Cisplatin-Induced Testicular Toxicity in Rat

Author(s): Amin A. Fard*, Mahrokh Samadi, Abdolrahman Biabangard

Journal Name: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders - Drug Targets
Formerly Current Drug Targets - Immune, Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders

Volume 21 , Issue 3 , 2021

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Background: Cisplatin is a chemotherapeutic drug used to treat testicular cancer that induces testicular toxicity. This study aimed to investigate the possible role of androgens, androgen receptor, and organic cation transporter 2 (OCT2) in the protective effects of curcumin on cisplatininduced testicular toxicity.

Methods: Thirty male Wistar rats were divided into five groups: 1- control (normal saline, 0.5 ml ip, daily for 10 consecutive days); 2- cisplatin (10 mg/kg ip, single dose at the first day); 3- cisplatin + curcumin (10 mg/kg ip, dissolved in 5% DMSO, daily for 10 consecutive days); 4- cisplatin + vehicle (DMSO 5%, 0.3 ml ip); and 5- curcumin (10 mg/kg ip). At the end of the study, a blood sample was obtained for testosterone measurement. The left testis was kept at -80 to measure androgen receptor (AR) and type 2 organic cation transporter (OCT2) gene expression and the right testis were kept in 10% formalin for histological analysis.

Results: Cisplatin significantly decreased serum testosterone, declined testis AR gene expression, and increased OCT2 gene expression in testis (p<0.01). Curcumin treatment significantly prevented these alterations in testosterone and gene expressions (p<0.01). Moreover, curcumin significantly reversed the cisplatin-induced kidney tissue injury and increased spermatid and spermatozoa.

Conclusion: It is concluded that the ameliorative effect of curcumin in cisplatin-induced reproductive disorders was due to the modulation of testosterone and androgen receptors.

Keywords: Cisplatin, androgen receptors, organic cation transporter, curcumin, testis, OCT2 gene.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 10 May, 2020
Page: [458 - 463]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1871530320666200511073302
Price: $65

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