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Protective effect of oxymatrine on myocardial fibrosis induced by acute myocardial infarction in rats involved in TGF-β(1)-Smads signal pathway.
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PMID:  21409682     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Oxymatrine (1), a component extracted from a traditional Chinese herb Sophora japonica (Sophora flavescens Ait.), has been demonstrated to have a variety of pharmacological actions. Abundant experimental evidence indicates that 1 may exert a protective effect on the cardiovascular system. This study was designed to explore the possible role of 1 against myocardial fibrosis induced by acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and its modulation on transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β(1))-Smads signaling pathways. Rats with AMI induced by ligation of left anterior descending branch were randomly assigned to receive 1 50 and 25 mg/kg intragastrically, and model group which were further compared with sham-operated group, and positive group treated with captopril. The effects of 4-week therapy with 1 starting 24 h after infarction had been investigated based on (1) hemodynamics, (2) tissue weights, (3) biochemical indicator (hydroxyproline contents in left ventricle), and (4) TGF-β(1), TGF-β(1) receptor (TβR(1)), Smad3, Smad4, Smad7, Col1, and Col3 expression by semi-quantitative reverse transcription PCR. Treatment with 1 significantly ameliorated hemodynamics, inhibited the expression of TβR(1) mRNA and Smad3 mRNA, and reduced the left ventricle weight/body weight. The results of this research indicated that 1 might protect against myocardial fibrosis and the mechanism may be involved in modulating TGF-β(1)-Smads signal pathway.
Xiang-Chun Shen; Yu-Ping Yang; Ting-Ting Xiao; Jiao Peng; Xing-De Liu
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of Asian natural products research     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1477-2213     ISO Abbreviation:  J Asian Nat Prod Res     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100888334     Medline TA:  J Asian Nat Prod Res     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  215-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research Division of Pharmacology, Guiyang Medical University, Guiyang, China.
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