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Type: Journal article
Title: Effects of commercially produced almond by-products on chemotherapy-induced mucositis in rats
Author: Whittaker, A.
Zhu, Y.
Howarth, G.
Loung, C.
Bastian, S.
Wirthensohn, M.
Citation: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology, 2017; 8(4):176-187
Publisher: Baishideng Publishing Group
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 2150-5330
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Alexandra L Whittaker, Ying Zhu, Gordon S Howarth, Chi S Loung, Susan EP Bastian, Michelle G Wirthensohn
Abstract: Aim: To determine if almond extracts reduce the severity of chemotherapy-induced mucositis as determined through biochemical, histological and behavioural markers. Methods: Intestinal mucositis is a debilitating condition characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the gastrointestinal mucosa experienced by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Certain bioactive plant products have shown promise in accelerating mucosal repair and alleviating clinical symptoms. This study evaluated almond extracts for their potential to reduce the severity of chemotherapy-induced mucositis in Dark Agouti rats. Female Dark Agouti rats were gavaged (days 3-11) with either PBS, almond hull or almond blanched water extract at two doses, and were injected intraperitoneally with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU-150 mg/kg) or saline on day 9 to induce mucositis. Burrowing behavior, histological parameters and myeloperoxidase activity were assessed. Results: Bodyweight was significantly reduced in rats that received 5-FU compared to saline-treated controls (P < 0.05). Rats administered 5-FU significantly increased jejunal and ileal MPO levels (1048%; P < 0.001 and 409%; P < 0.001), compared to healthy controls. Almond hull extract caused a pro-inflammatory response in rats with mucositis as evidenced by increased myeloperoxidase activity in the jejunum when compared to 5-FU alone (rise 50%, 1088 ± 96 U/g vs 723 ± 135 U/g, P = 0.02). Other extract-related effects on inflammatory activity were minimal. 5-FU significantly increased histological severity score compared to healthy controls confirming the presence of mucositis (median of 9.75 vs 0; P < 0.001). The extracts had no ameliorating effect on histological severity score in the jejunum or ileum. Burrowing behavior was significantly reduced in all chemotherapy-treated groups (P = 0.001). The extracts failed to normalize burrowing activity to baseline levels. Conclusion: Almond extracts at these dosages offer little beneficial effect on mucositis severity. Burrowing provides a novel measure of affective state in studies of chemotherapy-induced mucositis.
Keywords: Cancer; mucositis; burrowing; 5-fluorouracil; almond
Rights: © The Author(s) 2017. Published by Baishideng Publishing Group Inc. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030078326
DOI: 10.4291/wjgp.v8.i4.176
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