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Abstract Title:

Lycium barbarum polysaccharide protects ARPE‑19 cells against HO‑induced oxidative stress via the Nrf2/HO‑1 pathway.

Abstract Source:

Mol Med Rep. 2021 11 ;24(5). Epub 2021 Sep 7. PMID: 34490478

Abstract Author(s):

Ran Liang, Qi Zhao, Qing Zhu, Xin He, Mingjun Gao, Yiru Wang

Article Affiliation:

Ran Liang


Age‑related macular degeneration (AMD) is a global health problem. Lycium barbarum polysaccharide (LBP), a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, has been proven to be effective against several eye diseases. However, only a few studies have investigated the effectiveness of LBP for AMD. In the present study, the human retinal epithelial cell line, ARPE‑19, was pretreated with LBP for 24 h before exposure to HO(500 M). Cell viability was assessed, and a series of oxidative and antioxidant indicators were evaluated to determine the influence of LBP on H2O2‑triggered oxidative stress. The present study also determined the apoptosis status, as well as the expression levels of apoptotic proteins and nuclear factor erythroid 2‑related factor 2 (Nrf2)/heme oxygenase‑1 (HO‑1) pathway proteins. The present study aimed to determine the protective role for LBP pretreatment and its underlying molecular mechanism. The results of the present study suggest that pretreatment of ARPE‑19 cells with LBP exhibit high efficacy at reducing oxidative damage and inhibiting cell apoptosis. Furthermore, LBP may modulate the expression of proteins involved in the apoptotic pathway and activate the Nrf2 signaling pathway.

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