Effects of (99m)Tc sestamibi on antioxidant defense system and lipid peroxidation in the heart of Sprague Dawley rats

Toxicol Ind Health. 2014 Mar;30(2):154-9. doi: 10.1177/0748233712452599. Epub 2012 Jul 6.


Nuclear medicine has been using radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnostic and therapeutic purposes of many diseases. Technetium-(99m) methoxyisobutylisonitrile ((99m)Tc sestamibi) is a lypophilic complex that has a positive-loaded isonitril group. Aim of the study is to investigate whether (99m)Tc sestamibi, which is one of the mostly used radiopharmaceuticals in nuclear medicine field, causes oxidative damage or not in rats' heart after an injection. A total of 16 male Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into two groups: group I: (99m)Tc sestamibi group, (99m)Tc sestamibi administered intravenously with the dose of 25MBq; group II: control group, one dose of isotonic sodium chloride was administered intravenous with the same volume as (99m)Tc sestamibi group. Malondialdehyde (MDA) and total oxidant status (TOS) were used as markers of oxidative stress-induced heart impairment. Superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and total antioxidant status (TAS) activities were studied to evaluate the changes in the antioxidant status. In the (99m)Tc sestamibi group (group I), animals treated with (99m)Tc sestamibi produced a significant decrease in the activities of antioxidant enzymes (SOD and CAT), while MDA level increased when compared with control group (group II) in myocardial tissue (p < 0.05). On the other hand, the GSH-Px activities were significantly increased in the (99m)Tc sestamibi-treated rats compared with the untreated rats (p < 0.05). There was no significant difference in the TAS and TOS levels of plasma.

Keywords: 99mTc sestamibi; Sprague Dawley rats; antioxidant defense system; heart; lipid peroxidation.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antioxidants / metabolism*
  • Catalase / blood
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Glutathione Peroxidase / blood
  • Heart / drug effects*
  • Heart / physiology
  • Lipid Peroxidation / drug effects*
  • Male
  • Malondialdehyde / blood
  • Myocardium / pathology
  • Radiopharmaceuticals / adverse effects*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Superoxide Dismutase / blood
  • Technetium Tc 99m Sestamibi / adverse effects*


  • Antioxidants
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Malondialdehyde
  • Technetium Tc 99m Sestamibi
  • Catalase
  • Glutathione Peroxidase
  • Superoxide Dismutase