Abstract Title:

Astragaloside IV ameliorates intermittent hypoxia-induced inflammatory dysfunction by suppressing MAPK/NF-κB signalling pathways in Beas-2B cells.

Abstract Source:

Sleep Breath. 2020 Jan 6. Epub 2020 Jan 6. PMID: 31907823

Abstract Author(s):

Jian-Kun Chen, Ming-Kai Guo, Xiao-Hui Bai, Li-Qin Chen, Shun-Mei Su, Li Li, Ji-Qiang Li

Article Affiliation:

Jian-Kun Chen


PURPOSE: Intermittent hypoxia is a characteristic pathological change in obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) that can initiate oxidative stress reaction and pro-inflammatory cytokine release. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect and protective mechanism of Astragaloside IV (AS-IV) in intermittent hypoxia-induced human lung epithelial Beas-2B cells.

METHODS: Human lung epithelial Beas-2B cells were exposed to intermittent hypoxia or normoxia in the absence or presence of AS-IV. MTT assay was performed to determine the cell viability. The levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), malonaldehyde (MDA), and superoxide dismutase (SOD) were measured to evaluate oxidative stress. The levels of cytokines interleukin (IL)-8, IL-1β, and IL-6 were evaluated by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and real-time PCR. The expression of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), and nuclear transcription factor-kappa B (NF-κB) signalling pathways was analysed by western blot.

RESULTS: The results showed that AS-IV significantly reduced the levels of ROS, LDH, MDA, IL-8, IL-1β, and IL-6, and increased the level of SOD in intermittent hypoxia-induced Beas-2B cells. It also suppressed the phosphorylation of MAPKs, including P38, c-Jun N-terminal kinase and extracellular signal-regulated kinase, and inhibited the activation of the NF-κB signalling pathway by reducing thephosphorylation of IκBα and p65.

CONCLUSIONS: AS-IV attenuates inflammation and oxidative stress by inhibiting TLR4-mediated MAPK/NF-κB signalling pathways in intermittent hypoxia-induced Beas-2B cells.

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