Evaluating the Proposed Mechanism by Which Atorvastatin Can Protect Renal Tissue against Contrast Media: An Animal study


  • Samer Jaffar Sharif Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, Mustansiriyah University, M.Sc. program, Iraq.
  • Bahir Abdul Razzaq Mshimesh Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, Mustansiriyah University, M.Sc. program, Iraq
  • Ahmed Fakhir Hameed Department of Anatomy and Histology, College of Medicine, Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad- Iraq.
  • Suzan Suzan Suzan Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad- Iraq.




contrast induced nephropathy, atorvastatin, oxidative stress, inflammation.


Contrast- induced nephropathy (CIN) is an elevation of serum creatinine of ≥ 0.5 mg/dL from baseline after two to three days of exposure to contrast substance if there is no other cause for acute kidney injury. Atorvastatin may protect normal kidney physiology from contrast- induced

kidney injury by effects unrelated to hypolipidemia termed pleiotropic effect by decline of endothelin production, angiotensin system down regulation, and under expression of endothelial adhesion molecules. This study was conducted to assess the strategy by which atorvastatin can achieve protective effect for kidneys after exposure to contrast media in an animal model. A 40 male rats were distributed randomly into 4 groups; ten rats for each: group (1): given normal saline; group (2): CIN group given iopromide as contrast media; group (3): given atorvastatin (20mg/kg) and iopromide; and group (4): given atorvastatin (40mg/kg) and iopromide. Blood collected by cardiac puncture for detection of serum glutathione, malondialdehyde, matrix metalloproteinase-9, and interleukin-18. The results have shown a significant increase in inflammatory and oxidative stress markers in contrast media group, and significant reduction in these markers in atorvastatin treated groups, in a dose-dependent manner. As conclusion, atorvastatin mechanism for protection against CIN in a dose-dependent manner can mediate by anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.