The differential effects of green tea on dose-dependent doxorubicin toxicity

  • Slawomir Mandziuk
  • Renata Gieroba
  • Agnieszka Korga Independent Medical Biology Unit, Medical University of Lublin
  • Wlodzimierz Matysiak
  • Barbara Jodlowska-Jedrych
  • Franciszek Burdan
  • Ewa Poleszak
  • Michał Kowalczyk
  • Luiza Grzycka-Kowalczyk
  • Elzbieta Korobowicz
  • Aleksandra Jozefczyk
  • Jaroslaw Dudka
Keywords: Cardiotoxicity, Doxorubicin, Green tea, Catechins, Oxidative stress


Background: Doxorubicin (DOX) is an anticancer drug displaying cardiac and hepatic adverse effects mostly dependent on oxidative stress. Green tea (GT) has been reported to play a protective role in diseases resulting from oxidative stress.

Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate if GT protects against DOX-induced oxidative stress, heart and liver morphological changes, and metabolic disorders.

Methods: Male Wistar rats received intraperitoneal injection of DOX (1.0 or 2.0 mg/kg b.w.) for 7 weeks or concomitantly GT extract soluble in drinking water.

Results: There were multidirectional effects of GT on blood metabolic parameters changed by DOX. Among all tested biochemical parameters, statistically significant protection of GT against DOX-induced changes was revealed in case of blood fatty acid–binding protein, brain natriuretic peptide, and superoxide dismutase.

Conclusion: DOX caused oxidative stress in both organs. It was inhibited by GT in the heart but remained unchanged in the liver. DOX-induced general toxicity and histopathological changes in the heart and in the liver were mitigated by GT at a higher dose of DOX and augmented in rats treated with a lower dose of the drug.

Keywords: cardiotoxicity; doxorubicin; green tea; catechins; oxidative stress

(Published: 21 December 2015)

Citation: Food & Nutrition Research 2015, 59: 29754 -


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Mandziuk S., Gieroba R., Korga A., Matysiak W., Jodlowska-Jedrych B., Burdan F., Poleszak E., Kowalczyk M., Grzycka-Kowalczyk L., Korobowicz E., Jozefczyk A., & Dudka J. (2015). The differential effects of green tea on dose-dependent doxorubicin toxicity. Food & Nutrition Research, 59.
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