Nephroprotective Potential of Alstonia scholaris in Cisplatin Induced Nephrotoxicity in Experimental Animals

  • Pawan K. VermaEmail author
  • Rajinder Raina
  • Mudasir Sultana
  • Maninder Singh
  • Pawan Kumar
Research Article


The present investigation was aimed to determine the alterations in antioxidant, biochemical and histopathological parameters in cisplatin (cDDP) induced nephrotoxicity and its protection by treatments with aqueous and ethanolic leaf extracts of Alstonia scholaris. Acute nephrotoxicity was induced by single intra-peritoneal administration of cDDP (12 mg kg−1) in wistar rats. Nephrotoxic rats were treated with quercetin (50 mg kg−1), aqueous and ethanolic leaf extracts (300 mg kg−1) by oral gavage. Cisplatin treatment elevated (P < 0.05) the levels of blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, uric acid, total oxidant status (TOS), oxidative stress index, malondialdehyde (MDA) but lowered (P < 0.05) total plasma proteins, total antioxidant status, total thiols, blood glutathione (GSH) levels and antioxidant enzymes as compared to control. Administrations with ethanolic leaf extract following cDDP exposure restored (P > 0.05) creatinine, albumin, TOS, GSH and activities of antioxidant enzymes in blood and renal tissue. Leaf extracts administration also reduced (P < 0.05) erythrocyte and renal MDA levels following cDDP treatment. The restorations of various antioxidant and renal parameters were also supported by the histopathological findings of renal tissue. Administrations with ethanolic leaf extract have high potential to minimize cDDP induced renal damage as indicated by restoration of biochemical, antioxidant and histopathological alterations in nephrotoxic rats as compared to aqueous extract of A. scholaris.


Total antioxidant status Oxidative stress index Nephrotoxicity Cisplatin Alstonia scholaris 



The authors thank to the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, R S Pura, Jammu for providing necessary facilities for conducting the research.

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The authors declare there are no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pawan K. Verma
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rajinder Raina
    • 1
  • Mudasir Sultana
    • 1
  • Maninder Singh
    • 2
  • Pawan Kumar
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Science and Animal HusbandrySher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of JammuR S Pura, JammuIndia
  2. 2.Division of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science and Animal HusbandrySher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of JammuR S Pura, JammuIndia
  3. 3.Division of PathologyIndian Veterinary Research InstituteIzatnagar, BareillyIndia

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