Abstract Title:

p-Coumaric acid ameliorates ionizing radiation-induced intestinal injury through modulation of oxidative stress and pyroptosis.

Abstract Source:

Life Sci. 2021 Aug 1 ;278:119546. Epub 2021 Apr 26. PMID: 33915129

Abstract Author(s):

Yun-Hong Li, Qian He, Yu-Zhong Chen, Ya-Fang Du, Ya-Xin Guo, Jia-Ying Xu, Li-Qiang Qin

Article Affiliation:

Yun-Hong Li


AIMS: Intestinal injury is a clinical problem related to radiotherapy or accidental exposure to ionizing radiation. This study aimed to investigate the protective effect of p-coumaric acid (CA) against radiation induced intestinal injury.

MAIN METHODS: The present study orally administered CA to C57BL/6 male mice at 30 min before total body irradiation and continued for 3 days post irradiation. Then, the mice were sacrificed at day 3.5 or 14 after irradiation, respectively. The blood was collected to analyze the inflammatory cytokines. The antioxidant indexes of jejunum tissues were determined. Hematoxylin andeosin staining and apoptosis analysis was studied to investigate the pathological changes of the jejunum tissues. In addition, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and western blot were carried out to determine the changes in mRNA and protein levels of jejunum tissues.

KEY FINDINGS: Compared with the only irradiated group, treatment with CA improved intestinal morphology and apoptosis, increased the villus height and the ratio of villus height to crypt depth. It also reduced the oxidative stress and inflammatory response. The molecular mechanism analysis showed that CA significantly inhibited the pyroptosis genes (Caspase-1, NLRP3 and AIM2) mRNA expression and improved the intestinal barrier genes expression.

SIGNIFICANCE: The results suggested that CA ameliorates ionizing radiation-induced intestinal injury by inhibition of oxidative stress, inflammatory response and pyroptosis.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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