Investigation of curcumin role on doxorubicin-induced tissue damage in terms of trace metal levels using etaas

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Ince O. K. , Kandemir F. M. , Ince M., Benzer F., Onal A., Küçükler S.

Atomic Spectroscopy, vol.41, no.4, pp.175-180, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.46770/as.2020.04.006
  • Title of Journal : Atomic Spectroscopy
  • Page Numbers: pp.175-180


Doxorubicin (DXR) is one of the commonly used chemotherapeutic agents, which is highly toxic and causes gastrointestinal and cardiac toxicity. Curcumin is used as a spice and coloring agent in food, but also possesses anti-proliferating, potent antioxidant, antitumor-promoting and anti-carcinogenic properties in vitro and in vivo. In this study, the change in element concentrations in the tissues of healthy animals was examined by administering doxorubicin and curcumin separately, or both at the same time. For this purpose, 35 wistar albino male rats were selected and randomly divided into five groups of seven each. The objective of this study was to assess and compare the levels of copper, iron, zinc and selenium in the liver, kidney, heart, and testis of the control group and in the doxorubicin-induced tissues. According to the results, the Cu, Fe, Zn, Se amounts and the Cu/Fe, Cu/Zn, and Cu/Se ratios were present at different levels in each of the five groups. In terms of element concentration, the most affected tissue by doxorubicin application is the heart, and the least affected is the kidney. The ratios of Cu/Fe and Cu/Se in the liver and the heart were highest in Group II and Group III, respectively.