Allopurinol-induced nephrotoxicity: Protection by the antioxidant, butylated hydroxytoluene

Naseem Ansari, S. Rajaraman

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The present study was conducted to provide morphological evidence for allopurinol-induced nephrotoxicity in rats and its prevention by the antioxidant butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT). The kidneys of male Sprague Dawley rats fed a diet containing 0.3% allopurinol for 25 days exhibited a marked increase in the weight (2.5 times) as compared to the controls (without allopurinol). Upon microscopic examination, extensive tubulo- interstitial injury leading to structural damage was observed. Feeding BHT (0.4%) along with 0.3% allopurinol brought about a remarkable amelioration of the nephrotoxicity. The results indicate that usage of BHT along with the antiurecemic drug, allopurinol, may be helpful in improving the allopurinol- induced nephrotoxicity observed in some gout patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-229
Number of pages9
JournalResearch Communications in Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology

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