Aims: To investigate the effect of curcumin on the alterations in renal functional parameters following reversible unilateral ureteric obstruction in the rat. Methods: Wistar rats underwent reversible left ureteric obstruction for 72 h. The group Cm (n = 7) received oral curcumin (200 mg/kg/day), whereas the Vx group (n = 8) had only a vehicle. Results: Ureteric obstruction caused a significant increase in the serum tumour necrosis factor α in both groups. However, the postobstruction level in the Cm group was significantly lower than in the Vx group. In the Vx group, the glomerular filtration rate, renal blood flow, urine volume and urinary sodium excretion in the left obstructed kidney were significantly lower than those in the right kidney, but the fractional excretion of sodium was comparable in the 2 groups. The left kidney in the Cm group behaved similar to that in the Vx group. Moreover, there was no difference in any variable when comparing the right and left kidneys among the groups. Conclusion: Curcumin appears to have no significant protective effect on the haemodynamic or tubular glomerular functions when measured as early as 3 days following reversible ureteric obstruction despite the amelioration in some of the indicators of renal injury.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||European Surgical Research|
|Publication status||Published - May 1 2011|
- Renal function
- Ureteric obstruction
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