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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2012, Article ID 362049, 11 pages
Research Article

A Standardized Extract of Ginkgo biloba Neutralizes Cisplatin-Mediated Reproductive Toxicity in Rats

1Biology Department, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain 17551, UAE
2Zoology Department, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
3Histopathology Laboratory, Tawam Hospital in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Al Ain, UAE

Received 26 January 2012; Revised 15 February 2012; Accepted 27 February 2012

Academic Editor: Metka Filipič

Copyright © 2012 Amr Amin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects of Ginkgo biloba (GB) against testicular damage and oxidative stress as well as caudal sperm indices in a cisplatin- (CIS-) induced rodent model. Adult male Wistar rats were given vehicle, single i.p. dose of CIS alone (10 mg/kg), GB alone (200 mg g/kg every day for five days), or single dose of CIS followed by GB (50, 100, or 200 mg/kg every day for five days). On day 6, after the first drug treatment oxidative and apoptotic testicular toxicity was evaluated. CIS-treated rats displayed decreased weights of testes and epididymis as well as caudal sperm count and motility. This reproductive toxicity was accompanied with increased germ-cell degeneration in seminiferous tubules and increased germ-cell apoptosis, increased testicular MDA levels and MPO activity, and decreased SOD and CAT activities in testes. Intensive expressions of COX-2, iNOS, and NF-κB p65 in testicular tissues were detected in CIS-treated group. Oral GB administrations at all doses to CIS-treated rats effectively alleviated all of the CIS-induced toxicity in reproductive system. The present results provide further insights into the mechanisms of protection against CIS-induced reproductive toxicity and confirm the essential antioxidant potential of a GB extract.