Isoliquiritigenin attenuates diabetic cardiomyopathy via inhibition of hyperglycemia-induced inflammatory response and oxidative stress.Phytomedicine. 2020 Nov; 78:153319.P
Inflammation and oxidative stress play essential roles in the occurrence and progression of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM). Isoliquiritigenin (ISL), a natural chalcone, exhibits strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities.
In this study, we aimed to investigate the protective effects of ISL on DCM using high glucose (HG)-challenged cultured cardiomyocytes and streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice.
STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS
Embryonic rat heart-derived H9c2 cells challenged with a high concentration of glucose were used to evaluate the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of ISL. STZ-induced diabetic mice were used to study the effects of ISL in DCM in vivo. Furthermore, cardiac fibrosis, hypertrophy, and apoptosis were explored both in vitro and in vivo.
ISL effectively inhibited HG-induced hypertrophy, fibrosis, and apoptosis probably by alleviating the inflammatory response and oxidative stress in H9c2 cells. Results from in vivo experiments showed that ISL exhibited anti-inflammatory and antioxidant stress activities that were characterized by the attenuation of cardiac hypertrophy, fibrosis, and apoptosis, which resulted in the maintenance of cardiac function. The protective effects of ISL against inflammation and oxidative stress were mediated by the inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) and induction of nuclear factor-erythroid 2 related factor 2 (Nrf2) signaling pathway, respectively.
Our results provided compelling evidence that ISL, by virtue of neutralizing excessive inflammatory response and oxidative stress, could be a promising agent in the treatment of DCM. Targeting the MAPKs and Nrf2 signaling pathway might be an effective therapeutic strategy for the prevention and treatment of DCM.