Abstract Title:

Hypoglycemic effect of astragaloside IV via modulating gut microbiota and regulating AMPK/SIRT1 and PI3K/AKT pathway.

Abstract Source:

J Ethnopharmacol. 2021 Aug 23:114558. Epub 2021 Aug 23. PMID: 34438030

Abstract Author(s):

Pin Gong, Xuyang Xiao, Shuang Wang, Fuxiong Shi, Ni Liu, Xuefeng Chen, Wenjuan Yang, Lan Wang, Fuxin Chen

Article Affiliation:

Pin Gong


ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Radix Astragali, the dried root of Astragalus mongholicus Bunge, has long been used in traditional Chinese Medicine to treat diabetes. Astragaloside IV (AS-IV), one of the most active ingredients in the root, has been shown to have anti-diabetes ability; however, its underlying mechanism is still unclear.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, we evaluated the hypoglycemic effect and possible mechanisms of AS-IV in diabetic mice and insulin resistance-HepG2 cells. The components of the intestinal microflora in mice with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) were determined using high-throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Moreover, the molecular mechanisms of specific members of insulin signaling pathways were analyzed.

RESULTS: AS-IV significantly reversed the abnormalities in blood lipids, glucose, insulin resistance, as well as oxidative stress levels in T2DM mice. Histological finding showed that AS-IV could protect the cellular architecture of the liver and pancreas. AS-IV also regulated the abundance and diversity of intestinal flora of T2DM mice in a positive direction and increased butyric acid levels. The active role of AS-IV as an anti-diabetic compound by regulating the AMPK/SIRT1 and PI3K/AKT signaling pathways was revealed using a T2DM model and verified through the intervention of inhibitors using insulin-resistance HepG2 cells.

CONCLUSION: Our results suggested that AS-IV may be used as an anti-diabetic drug candidate owing to its effects of regulating gut microbiota and AMPK/SIRT1 and PI3K/AKT signaling pathways.

Study Type : Animal Study

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