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Kolaviron and Garcinia kola attenuate doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity in Wistar rats

Ademola Adetokunbo Oyagbemi
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
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/ Temitayo Olutayo Omobowale
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
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/ James Olukayode Olopade
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Anatomy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
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/ Ebenezer Olatunde Farombi
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Published Online: 2017-10-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2016-0168



The Garcinia kola seeds have been reported for its antibacterial, antioxidant, antidiabetic and also for its chemoprevention property. The use of doxorubicin as an anticancer drug has been accompanied with avalanche of side effects including cardiotoxicity. The aim of this study was to investigate the cardioprotective effect of Kolaviron and Garcinia kola and their mechanisms of action.


Sixty male rats (Wistar strain) were used in this study. They were divided into 6 groups (A-F) each containing 10 animals. Group A was the control. Rats in Groups B, C, D, E and F were treated with doxorubicin at the dosage of 15 mg/kg body weight i.p. Prior to this treatment, rats in groups C, D, E and F were pre-treated orally with Kolaviron at the dosage of 100 mg/kg and 200 mg/kg, and Garcinia kola 100 mg/kg and 200 mg/kg for 7 days, respectively.


The results show that doxorubicin caused a significant increase in heart rate and prolonged QT, reduced antioxidant status, increased oxidative stress, inflammation and markers of cardiac damage which were reversed by pre-treatment with Kolaviron and Garcinia kola.


Overall, pre-treatment with Kolaviron or Garcinia kola caused reversal of cardiac damage, ECG alteration and oxidative stress by increasing the activity of antioxidant enzymes and reducing the markers of inflammation on doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity.

Keywords: antioxidants; cardiac damage; doxorubicin (DOX); electrocardiography; Garcinia kola; Kolaviron


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About the article

Received: 2016-12-27

Accepted: 2017-06-06

Published Online: 2017-10-03

Author contributions: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

Research funding: None declared.

Employment or leadership: None declared.

Honorarium: None declared.

Competing interests: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.

Citation Information: Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Volume 15, Issue 1, 20160168, ISSN (Online) 1553-3840, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2016-0168.

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