Abstract Title:

Puerarin prevents vascular endothelial injury through suppression of NF-κB activation in LPS-challenged human umbilical vein endothelial cells.

Abstract Source:

Biomed Pharmacother. 2018 May 15 ;104:261-267. Epub 2018 May 15. PMID: 29775893

Abstract Author(s):

Hua-Fei Deng, Sha Wang, Lian Li, Qin Zhou, Wan-Bei Guo, Xiao-Li Wang, Mei-Dong Liu, Ke Liu, Xian-Zhong Xiao

Article Affiliation:

Hua-Fei Deng


OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we aimed to explore the effects of puerarin on vascular endothelial cell injury induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and its underlying mechanisms.

METHODS: The cell viability and morphological changes were assessed using the cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) assay and 4´,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) staining, respectively. The levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), monocyte/macrophage chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), IL-8, intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), thrombomodulin (TM) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in cell culture supernatant were determined by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The neutrophils adhesion to endothelial cells were examined by myeloperoxidase activity assay. The nuclear translocation of nuclear factor-κB p65 (NF-κB p65) was assessed by immunofluorescenceanalysis.

RESULTS: Compared with the control group, LPS challenge significantly injured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and increased the levels of TNF-α, IL-1β, MCP-1, IL-8, ICAM-1, TM and PAI-1 in the cell culture supernatants. The neutrophils adhesion to endothelial cells were significantly increased in LPS-challenged HUVECs. Moreover, LPS challenge increased the nuclear translocation of NF-κB p65. However, puerarin pre-treatment attenuated the vascular endothelial injury and reduced the levels of TNF-α, IL-1β, MCP-1, IL-8, ICAM-1, TM and PAI-1 in cell supernatants of LPS-challenged HUVECs. In addition, the neutrophils adhesion to HUVECs induced by LPS were also decreased by puerarin pre-treatment. Furthermore, puerarin pre-treatmentreduced the nuclear translocation of NF-κB p65 elicited by LPS.

CONCLUSIONS: Puerarin prevented LPS-induced vascular endothelial injury, the mechanism of which might be related to the suppression of NF-κB activation and subsequently altered levels of inflammatory factors and coagulation-related factors.

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