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Abstract Title:

Protective Effect of Hydroxysafflor Yellow A on Nephropathy by Attenuating Oxidative Stress and Inhibiting Apoptosis in Induced Type 2 Diabetes in Rat.

Abstract Source:

Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2020 ;2020:7805393. Epub 2020 Mar 11. PMID: 32256962

Abstract Author(s):

Maosheng Lee, Hengxia Zhao, Xuemei Liu, Deliang Liu, Jianping Chen, Zengying Li, Shufang Chu, Xinhui Kou, Si Liao, Yuxiu Deng, Huilin Li, Weidong Xie

Article Affiliation:

Maosheng Lee


Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a serious complication of diabetes mellitus, and its prevalence has been increasing all over the world, which is also the leading cause of end-stage renal failure. Hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) is the main active chemical component of Carthamus tinctorius L., and it is commonly used in patients with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases in China. The aim of this study was to investigate the renal protective effects and molecular mechanisms of HSYA on high-fat diet (HFD) and streptozotocin- (STZ-) induced DN in rats. The DN rats were treated with HSYA for eight weeks. We assessed creatinine (CR), urea nitrogen (UN), glomerular volume, podocyte number, renal inflammation, oxidative stress, and cells apoptosis markers after HSYA treatment. The number of apoptotic cells was measured by the TUNEL assay, and apoptosis-related proteins BAX, caspase-3, and BCL-2 in the renal tissue were analyzed by western blot. The treatment with HSYA significantly decreased fasting blood glucose, CR, UN, and blood lipid profile, including triglyceride and total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, even though it did not change the rats' body weights. The western blot results indicated that HSYA reversed the upregulation of BAX and caspase-3 and significantly increased BCL-2 in renal tissue. Moreover, the levels of TNF-and the inflammatory products, including free fatty acids (FFA) and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) in the HSYA group, were significantly decreased. For the oxidative stress marker, the superoxide dismutase (SOD) markedly increased in the HSYA treatment group, while the malondialdehyde (MDA) in the serum and kidney tissue evidently decreased. In conclusion, HSYA treatment preserved kidney function in diabetic nephropathy in the HFD- and STZ-induced rats. The potential mechanism of renal protective effect of HSYA might be through inhibiting oxidative stress, reducing inflammatory reaction, and attenuating renal cell apoptosis. Our studies present a promising use for Hydroxysafflor yellow A in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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