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Abstract Title:

Biochanin A Alleviates Cerebral Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury by Suppressing Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress-Induced Apoptosis and p38MAPK Signaling Pathwayand.

Abstract Source:

Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2021 ;12:646720. Epub 2021 Jul 12. PMID: 34322090

Abstract Author(s):

Min-Min Guo, Sheng-Biao Qu, Hui-Ling Lu, Wen-Bo Wang, Mu-Liang He, Jian-Lin Su, Jian Chen, Yong Wang

Article Affiliation:

Min-Min Guo


We have previously shown that biochanin A exhibits neuroprotective properties in the context of cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. The mechanistic basis for such properties, however, remains poorly understood. This study was therefore designed to explore the manner whereby biochanin A controls endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, apoptosis, and inflammation within fetal rat primary cortical neurons in response to oxygen-glucose deprivation/reoxygenation (OGD/R) injury, and in a rat model of middle cerebral artery occlusion and reperfusion (MCAO/R) injury. For the OGD/Rmodel system, cells were evaluated after a 2 h OGD following a 24 h reoxygenation period, whereasneurological deficits were evaluated following 2 h of ischemia and 24 h of reperfusion. The expression of proteins associated with apoptosis, ER stress (ERS), and p38 MAPK phosphorylation was evaluated in these samples. Rats treated with biochanin A exhibited reduced neurological deficits relative to control rats following MCAO/R injury. Additionally, GRP78 and CHOP levels rose following I/R modeling bothand, whereas biochanin A treatment was associated with reductions in CHOP levels but further increases in GRP78 levels. In addition, OGD/R or MCAO/R were associated with markedly enhanced p38 MAPK phosphorylation that was alleviated by biochanin A treatment. Similarly, OGD/R or MCAO/R injury resulted in increases in caspase-3, caspase-12, and Bax levels as well as decreases in Bcl-2 levels, whereas biochanin A treatment was sufficient to reverse these phenotypes. Together, these findings thus demonstrate that biochanin A can alleviate cerebral I/R-induced damage at least in partsuppressing apoptosis, ER stress, and p38 MAPK signaling, thereby serving as a potent neuroprotective agent.

Study Type : Animal Study, In Vitro Study

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