RENAL FAILURE, vol.35, no.3, pp.374-379, 2013 (SCI-Expanded)
Ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury induces the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which affect many organs. This study was designed to investigate the roles of melatonin and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (VD3) on renal I/R injury. Thirty male Wistar albino rats were divided into five groups: group 1, control; group 2, right nephrectomy (RN) + I/R in the contralateral kidney; group 3, melatonin + RN + I/R; group 4, VD + RN + I/R; and group 5, melatonin + VD + RN + I/R. Melatonin (10 mg/kg), VD3 (0.5 μg/kg), and melatonin plus VD3 were injected intraperitoneally for 7 days before renal I/R. After 7 days, right nephrectomy was initially performed and left renal artery was clamped for 45 min. After 45-min reperfusion, the serum and kidney tissue samples were obtained for assays. Melatonin and VD3 had an ameliorative effect on biochemical parameters such as serum creatinine (SCr) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN). Renal tissue malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione (GSH), nitric oxide (NO) levels, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity were determined. Renal I/R decreased the kidney tissue GSH levels and SOD activity and increased the NO levels as compared with control group. However, melatonin and VD3 and melatonin plus VD3 treatment significantly increased the tissue GSH levels and SOD activity and decreased the NO levels compared with those of I/R group. Meanwhile, MDA levels were not different between the control and I/R groups. But, MDA levels decreased in all treated groups compared to I/R and control groups. These data support that melatonin and VD3 have beneficial effects on renal injury.