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Zhongguo Zhong yao za zhi = Zhongguo zhongyao zazhi = China journal of Chinese materia medica

[Neferine protects endothelial cells against damages induced by LPC and relationship with asymmetric dimethylarginine].


PMID 19149265

Abstract

To investigate the protective effect of neferine against damages of endothelial cells induced by lysophos-phatidylcholine (LPC) and the relationship with asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA). The human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC-12) were treated with LPC (10 mg x L(-1)) for 24 h to establish the model of endothelial cells damages; HUVECs were prior exposed to neferine (0.1, 1.0 or 10.0 micromol x L(-1) ) for 1 h, and then exposed to LPC in the presence of the neferine for 24 h. At the end of the experiment, the cultured medium was collected for measuring the concentration of nitric oxide (NO), aleic dialdehyde (MDA) as well as ADMA and the cells were collected for measuring the level of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). Compared with control group, exposure of endothelial cells to LPC (10 mg x L(-1)) for 24 h significantly increased the concentration of MDA and ADMA in the medium and the level of intracellular ROS and coinstantaneously significantly decreased the concentration of NO in the medium. Neferine (0.1, 1.0 or 10.0 micromol x L(-1)) significantly inhibited the elevated concentration of MDA, ADMA as well as the level of intracellular ROS and coinstantaneously significantly attenuated the decreased level of NO induced by LPC. Neferine can protect the endothelial cells against damages induced by LPC and the protective effect is related to the decrease of the concentration of ADMA.

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