Publication: Dexpanthenol and ascorbic acid ameliorate colistin-induced nephrotoxicity in rats.
Objective: Colistin is a potent antibiotic which is mainly preferred in the treatment of multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacilli. However, due to the increased risk of acute kidney injury following its use, the clinical application is limited. This nephrotoxicity is known to be induced by oxidative stress and related inflammation. In this study on rats, potent antioxidants Dexpanthenol (DEX) and Ascorbic acid (Vit C) have been administered in combination with Colistin to find out whether they would weaken Colistin's nephrotoxic effects.
Materials and methods: Inflammation biomarkers were studied with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits, and oxidative stress biomarkers were studied with different photometric methods in blood and tissue samples taken after treatment with DEX and Vit C in rats with colistin nephrotoxicity. In addition, inflammation and necrosis in the kidney tissues were examined pathologically.
Results: It has been observed in the serum and tissue samples that DEX and Vit C decrease oxidative stress and inflammation biomarkers, therefore acting as nephroprotective agents.
Conclusions: These compounds have been found to ameliorate the nephrotoxic effects of Colistin, which were demonstrated in the rats treated with Colistin, as well as the combinations.