Flavanoid of Drynaria fortunei protects against gentamicin ototoxicity

Mian Long, Eric E. Smouha, Dan Qiu, Fangrong Li, Francis Johnson, Benjamin Luft

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A flavanoid fraction (FF) from Drynaria fortunei, was investigated to see if it has the protective and ameliorative effects against gentamicin (GM) ototoxichy in guinea pigs (n = 36). Eleven (GM-group) animals received GM 100 mg/kg/day. Eleven (GMFF-group) animals received the same dose of GM but 2 days prior were dosed with FF (10 mg/kg/day) for 2 weeks. Seven (S-group) animals received saline and seven (FF-group) animals received the same dose of FF as the GMFF-group. The thresholds of tone-burst auditory evoked response (ABR) at 2 k, 8 k, and 32 k Hz were determined to be as follows: GM-group: 90 dB, 92 dB and 72 dB, GMFF-group: 30 dB, 37 dB and 38 dB, FF-group: 28 dB, 25 dB and 29 dB, S-group: 30 dB, 28 dB and 39 dB. The GM-group had a significantly higher hearing threshold than the other groups (p < 0.05). The GMFF- and FF-groups had hearing thresholds similar to the S-groups (p > 0.1). Repair of damaged hair cells was observed histologically. The percentage of the damaged outer hair cells (OHC) and inner hair cells (IHC) were determined to be as follows: GM-group: 43% and 20%, GMFF-group: 20% and 2%, FF-group: 9% and 2% and S-group: 4% and 1%. The GMFF-group showed less damage to the OHC (p > 0.05) and significantly less damage to the IHC (p < 0.05) than the GM-group. FF did not change the antimicrobial activity of GM and it did not show any intrinsic antibacterial effect. FF did not affect the kinetics of GM during the course of the experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-614
Number of pages6
JournalPhytotherapy Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Drynaria fortunei
  • Flavanoid
  • Gentamicin
  • Gu Sui Bu
  • Hair cell repairing
  • Ototoxicity


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