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Abstract Title:

Sinomenine Attenuates Acetaminophen-Induced Acute Liver Injury by Decreasing Oxidative Stress and Inflammatory Response via Regulating TGF-β/Smad Pathway in vitro and in vivo.

Abstract Source:

Drug Des Devel Ther. 2020 ;14:2393-2403. Epub 2020 Jun 17. PMID: 32606606

Abstract Author(s):

Hui Chen, Yao Wang, Fang-Zhou Jiao, Fan Yang, Xun Li, Lu-Wen Wang

Article Affiliation:

Hui Chen


Introduction: Liver disease is common and often life-threatening. Sinomenine (SIN) is an active ingredient extracted from . This study investigated the protective effect and mechanism of sinomenine (SIN) on acetaminophen (APAP)-induced liver injury from in vitro and in vivo.

Methods: In vivo experiments, mice were randomly divided into six groups (n=10): control group, model group, SIN (25 mg/kg) group, SIN (50 mg/kg) group, SIN (100 mg/kg) group and SIN (100 mg/kg) + SRI-011381 group. Alanine transaminases (ALT), aspartate transaminases (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) were detected. The pathological lesion was measured by HE staining. Apoptosis was measured by TUNEL staining. In vitro experiments, BRL-3A cells were treated with APAP (7.5 mM) and then subjected to various doses of SIN (10, 50 and 100μg/mL) at 37°C for 24 h. Inflammatory factors and oxidative stress index were measured by ELISA. The expression of proteins was detected by Western blot.

Results: The results showed that compared with the control group, the levels of ALT, AST and ALP in the serum of APAP-induced mice were significantly increased, followed by liver histological damage and hepatocyte apoptosis. Besides, APAP reduced the activity of SOD and GSH-Px, while increasing the content of MDA and LDH. Notably, APAP also promoted the expression of NLRP3, ASC, caspase-1 and IL-1β. Interestingly, SIN treatment dose-dependently reduced APAP-induced liver injury and oxidative stress, inhibited the activation of NLRP3 inflammasomes, and reduced the levels of inflammatory cytokines. In vitro studies have shown that SIN treatment significantly reduced the viability of BRL-3A cells and oxidative stress and inflammation. In addition, the Western blotting analysis showed that SIN inhibited the activation of TGF-β/Smad pathway in a dose-dependent manner in vitro and in vivo. These effects were significantly reversed by TGF-β/Smad activator SRI-011381 or TGF-β overexpression.

Discussion: The study indicates that SIN attenuates APAP-induced acute liver injury by decreasing oxidative stress and inflammatory response via TGF-β/Smad pathway in vitro and in vivo.

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