Abstract Title:

Saikosaponin B2 attenuates kidney fibrosis via inhibiting the Hedgehog Pathway.

Abstract Source:

Phytomedicine. 2020 Feb ;67:153163. Epub 2019 Dec 28. PMID: 31901891

Abstract Author(s):

Dadui Ren, Jia Luo, Yingxue Li, Jing Zhang, Jiahong Yang, Junqiu Liu, Xuemei Zhang, Nengneng Cheng, Hong Xin

Article Affiliation:

Dadui Ren


BACKGROUND: Renal interstitial fibrosis is a common pathway through which chronic kidney disease progresses to end-stage renal disease. There are currently no effective drugs available to treat kidney fibrosis, so traditional medicine is likely to be a candidate. The therapeutic potential of saikosaponin B2 (SSB2), a biologically active ingredient of Radix Bupleuri, on renal fibrosis has not been reported.

METHODS: A unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) model was conducted to induce renal interstitial fibrosis in mice. SSB2's effect was valuated by histological staining and exploring the changes in expression of relative proteins and mRNAs. A conditional medium containing sonic hedgehog variant protein stimulating normal rat kidney interstitial fibroblast cells (NRK-49F) was used in an in vitro model to determine the possible mechanism. The molecular target of SSB2 was verified using several mutation plasmids.

RESULTS: SSB2 administration reduced kidney injury and alleviated interstitial fibrosis by decreasing excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix components in UUO mice. It could also reduce the expression ofα-SMA, fibronectin and Gli1, a crucial molecule of the hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway both in vivo and in vitro. In NIH-3T3 cells simulated by conditional medium containing sonic hedgehog variant protein, SSB2 showed the ability to decrease the expression of Gli1 and Ptch1 mRNA. Using a dual-luciferase reporter assay, SSB2 suppressed the Gli-luciferase reporter activity in NIH-3T3 cells, and the ICwas 0.49 μM, but had no effect on the TNF-α/NF-κB and Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathways, indicating the inhibition selectivity on the Hh signaling pathway. Furthermore, SSB2 failed to inhibit the Hh pathway activity evoked by ectopic expression of Gli2ΔN and Smo D473H, suggesting that SSB2 might potentially act on smoothened receptors.

CONCLUSION: SSB2 could attenuate renal fibrosis and decrease fibroblast activation by inhibiting the Hh signaling pathway.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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