Abstract Title:

Amygdalin inhibits TGFβ1-induced activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) in vitro and CCl-induced hepatic fibrosis in rats in vivo.

Abstract Source:

Int Immunopharmacol. 2021 Jan ;90:107151. Epub 2020 Dec 6. PMID: 33296784

Abstract Author(s):

Ruoyu Wang, Dong Zhang, Dan Tang, Kewei Sun, Jianping Peng, Wenfang Zhu, Sihan Yin, Yunan Wu

Article Affiliation:

Ruoyu Wang


The activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) has been considered one of the major events in hepatic fibrosis. Amygdalin has been used to treat cancers and alleviate pain; however, its role and mechanism in HSC activation and hepatic fibrosis remain unclear. In the present study, transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1) stimulated the activation of HSCs, as indicated by significantly increased alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), desmin, collagen I, and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) protein levels. Amygdalin treatment dramatically suppressed TGF-β1-induced HSC proliferation and activation. Moreover, amygdalin treatment also reduced the TGF-β1-induced secretion of cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), and chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 (CCL2), as well as the phosphorylation of Smad2, Smad3, and p65. In the CCl-stimulated liver fibrosis rat model, amygdalin treatment improved liver fibrosis and liver damage by reducing focal necrosis, collagen fiber accumulation, and the protein levels ofα-SMA, desmin, collagen I, and TIMP-1 in hepatic tissue samples and reducing serum alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) levels. In conclusion, we demonstrated the suppressive effects of amygdalin in TGF-β1-induced HSC activation through modulating proliferation, fibrogenesis, and inflammation signaling in vitro and the antifibrotic effects of amygdalin in CCl-stimulated hepatic fibrosis in rats in vivo.

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