Ethanolic extract of Trigonella Foenum Graecum attenuates cisplatin-induced nephro- and hepatotoxicities in rats

Cell Mol Biol (Noisy-le-grand). 2015 Nov 25;61(7):81-7.


Nephro-and hepatotoxicities are important complications in cancer patients undergoing cisplatin (CP) therapy. We aimed to study the protective effect of fenugreek (FG) on CP induced renal and hepatic injuries in rats. Cisplatin intoxication resulted in structural and functional renal and hepatic impairments, which were revealed by massive histopathological changes and elevated kidney and liver function tests. However, it was associated with oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation as evident by increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) and malondialdehyde (MDA) with decreased levels of total antioxidant activity. Cisplatin administration triggered inflammatory responses and apoptosis in rat livers and kidneys as evident by increased expression of pro-inflammatory cytokine, tumor necrosis factor- α (TNF-α) and apoptotic marker p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) as results of overproduction of ROS. FG significantly attenuated the cisplatin-induced biochemical and histopathological alterations, inflammation and apoptosis in rat livers and kidneys. Results suggested that fenugreek co-administration has a powerful antioxidant effect and may serves as a novel and promising preventive strategy against cisplatin-induced nephron- and hepatotoxicities.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Weight / drug effects
  • Chemical and Drug Induced Liver Injury / drug therapy*
  • Chemical and Drug Induced Liver Injury / pathology
  • Cisplatin / adverse effects*
  • Ethanol / chemistry
  • Kidney Diseases / chemically induced
  • Kidney Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Kidney Diseases / pathology
  • Kidney Function Tests
  • Lipid Peroxidation / drug effects
  • Liver / drug effects
  • Liver / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Oxidative Stress / drug effects
  • Plant Extracts / chemistry
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Trigonella / chemistry*
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / genetics
  • p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases / genetics


  • Plant Extracts
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
  • Ethanol
  • p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
  • Cisplatin