An update on potential applications of Spirulina sp. and C-phycocyanin to treat kidney diseases

Sandra Rodríguez-Salgueiro, Zulema Ramírez-Carmenate, Lucía González-Núñez

Abstract


To date, kidney protection is not included in clinical applications of commercial formulations of Spirulina sp. In this Mini-review, the potential nephroprotective properties of Spirulina sp. and its pigment C-phycocyanin are exposed. Both agents have shown beneficial effects in animal or cellular models of renal injury induced by nephrotoxicity, diabetic nephropathy, ureteral obstruction and ischemia-reperfusion. These renoprotective effects of Spirulina sp. and C-phycocyanin are mainly attributed to their well known antioxidant properties.

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Spirulina sp. and C-phycocyanin have shown therapeutic potential in several models of renal damage in which oxidative stress is an important factor triggering many diseases. These effects of Spirulina sp. and C-phycocyanin on the kidney are associated with their antioxidant properties. Since kidney diseases have a high incidence globally, it would be advisable to extrapolate these results to the clinic.

 

Citation: RodríguezSalgueiro S, RamírezCarmenate Z, González-Núñez L. An update on potential applications of Spirulina sp. and C-phycocyanin to treat kidney diseases. Ann Res Antioxid. 2017;2(1):e04.


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