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In vitro genotoxicity and cytotoxicity of a particular combination of pemetrexed and cefixime in human peripheral blood lymphocytes.


PMID 25653913

Abstract

This study aims to find the genotoxic and cytotoxic effects of a particular combination of pemetrexed (PMX) and cefixime (CFX) in human peripheral blood lymphocytes. Chromosome aberration (CA), sister chromatid exchange (SCE), and micronucleus (MN) tests were used to assess genotoxicity. Whereas, the cytotoxicity was evaluated by using mitotic index (MI), proliferation index (PI), and nuclear division index (NDI). Our tests were proceeded with concentrations of 12.5 + 450, 25 + 800, 37.5 + 1150, and 50 + 1500xa0μg/mL of a mixture of PMX and CFX separately for 24xa0hr and 48xa0hr. The combination of PMX + CFX did not induce the CA or SCE in human peripheral blood lymphocytes when compared with both the control and the solvent control. MN in human peripheral blood lymphocytes was not significantly increased after treatment with a particular combination of PMX + CFX. However, PMX + CFX significantly decreased the MI, PI and NDI at all concentrations for 24- and 48-hr treatment periods when compared with both controls. Generally, PMX + CFX inhibited cell proliferation more than positive control (MMC) and showed a higher cytotoxic effect than MMC at both treatment periods. These results were compared with individual effects of PMX and CFX. As a result, it was observed that a particular combination of PMX + CFX was not genotoxic. However, the combination synergistically increase cytotoxicity in human peripheral blood lymphocytes.

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