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Effect of the antioxidants on Vinblastin and Vincristine treated Human erythrocytes in-vitro

Uzma Faridi

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Int. J. Biosci.15(6), 82-88, December 2019

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/15.6.82-88


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Vinca alkaloids are one of the earliest microtubule-targeting plant based anticancer drugs approved clinically.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vinblastin and vincristine are used for the of different tumor types like leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lung cancer, breast cancer in 1961 and 1963, respectively. Although these drugs are commonly used as anticancer drug but still constitute a substantial drawbacks. The side-effects of vinca alkaloids consist of toxicity to blood cells, nausea, vomiting, and many more. In present the haemolytic effect of vinblastin and vincristine was investigated on normal erythrocytes and the protective effect of ascorbic acid, β Carotene, quercetin and tocopherol in presence of these drugs. To study the effect of selected antioxidants and vinca alkaloids osmotic fragility assay was performed. The results suggest that β Caroteneexhibits a protective effect against vinblastin-induced haematological toxicity.


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