Abstract Title:

Active vitamin D impedes the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by inhibiting cell senescence in a rat model.

Abstract Source:

Clin Res Hepatol Gastroenterol. 2019 Dec 3. Epub 2019 Dec 3. PMID: 31810868

Abstract Author(s):

Ming Ma, Qi Long, Fei Chen, Ting Zhang, Wenqiao Wang

Article Affiliation:

Ming Ma


OBJECTIVE: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) refers to an accumulation of excess fat in liver due to causes other than alcohol use. The relationship between vitamin D (VD) and NAFLD has been previously studied. Therefore, we aimed to explore the mechanism involved active VD regulating the progression of NAFLD by inhibiting cell senescence and to provide a potential approach for further nutritional treatment of NAFLD.

METHODS: Following the induction with high-fat diet and intraperitoneal injection of corn oil, the successfully established NAFLD rat models were treated with 1,25(OH)Dat 1μg/kg, 5μg/kg or 10μg/kg. Meanwhile, the levels of factors related to oxidative stress, cell senescence, the p53-p21 signaling pathway and inflammation in liver were determined. Then, cell senescence was also measured by using senescence-associated β-galactosidase (SAβ-gal) staining.

RESULTS: It was also found that active VD increased the concentration of VD in serum and VDR in liver of NAFLD rats, and alleviated hepatic fibrosis. Besides, treatment of 1,25(OH)Dat 1μg/kg, 5μg/kg or 10μg/kg reduced oxidative stress and inflammation, inhibited the p53-p21 signaling pathway and consequent cell senescence. Furthermore, treatment of 1,25(OH)Dat a dosage of 5μg/kg made the most impact on these factors.

CONCLUSION: Collectively, the evidences from this study demonstrated that active VD could alleviate the development of NAFLD through blocking the p53-p21 signaling pathway, which provided a novel nutritional therapeutic insight for NAFLD.

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