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Korean J Physiol Pharmacol 2018; 22(1): 17-21

Published online January 1, 2018 https://doi.org/10.4196/kjpp.2018.22.1.17

Copyright © The Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology.

Morroniside on anti-inflammation activities in rats following acute myocardial infarction

Bangxing Yu1, Guoxing Zhang2, Yi An2, and Wen Wang1,*

1Department of Experimental Animal Center, XuanWu Hospital of Capital Medical University, Beijing 100053, PR China, 2Department of Life Science, Beijing Institute of Technology University, Beijing 100081, PR China

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Our previous studies have confirmed that morroniside has neuroprotective effects. However, the effects of morroniside on cardiac myocardium remain unknown. Rats were anaesthetized with 10% chloral hydrate (0.35~0.4 mL/kg) and an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was induced by ligating the anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). Following AMI, morroniside was administered intragastrically for 3 consecutive days at doses of 45, 90 and 180 mg/kg, respectively. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and cardiac troponin T (cTnT) activities in AMI rats in the serum were detected with commercial kits. The expression of IL-6, IL-1β and TNF-α in myocardium was detected by Western blotting analysis. We observed a significant decline in the Q(q) wave amplitude in morroniside-treated rats after 72 h. Additionally, treatment of morroniside decreased the levels of LDH and cTnT in AMI rats. We also observed that morroniside reduced the expression of IL-6, IL-1β and TNF-α in myocardium. Taken together, our findings demonstrate that morroniside had effective anti-inflammatory properties in AMI rats.

Keywords: Acute myocardial infarction, Cytokine, Inflammation, Morroniside