The Eagle Bioscience’s Glutathione Total Assay Kit and Malondialdehyde HPLC Assay Kit were highlighted in a recent study! The study was conduct to examine the shielding influence of cinnamic acid against lung fibrosis induced by methotrexate. Check out the abstract and full article below!


Purpose: Lung fibrosis is a heterogeneous lung condition characterized by excessive accumulation of scarred tissue, leading to lung architecture destruction and restricted ventilation. The current work was conducted to examine the probable shielding influence of cinnamic acid against lung fibrosis induced by methotrexate.

Methods: Rats were pre-treated with oral administration of cinnamic acid (50 mg/kg/day) for 14 days, whereas methotrexate (14 mg/kg) was orally given on the 5th and 12th days of the experiment. Pirfenidone (50 mg/kg/day) was used as a standard drug. At the end of the experiment, oxidative parameters (malondialdehyde, myeloperoxidase, nitric oxide, and total glutathione) and inflammatory mediators (tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin-8), as well as transforming growth factor-β and collagen content, as fibrosis indicators, were measured in lung tissue.

Results: Our results revealed that cinnamic acid, as pirfenidone, effectively prevented the methotrexate-induced overt histopathological damage. This was associated with parallel improvements in oxidative, inflammatory, and fibrotic parameters measured. The outcomes of cinnamic acid administration were more or less the same as those of pirfenidone. In conclusion, pre-treatment with cinnamic acid protects against methotrexate-induced fibrosis, making it a promising prophylactic adjuvant therapy to methotrexate and protecting against its possible induction of lung fibrosis.

Abdalhameid, E., Abd El-Haleim, E.A., Abdelsalam, R.M. et al. Cinnamic acid mitigates methotrexate-induced lung fibrosis in rats: comparative study with pirfenidone. Naunyn-Schmiedeberg’s Arch Pharmacol (2023).

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