Role of NADPH Oxidase-Derived ROS-Mediated IL-6/STAT3 and MAPK/NF-κB Signaling Pathways in Protective Effect of Corilagin against Acetaminophen-Induced Liver Injury in Mice

Fu Chao Liu, Hung Chen Lee, Chia Chih Liao, An Hsun Chou, Huang Ping Yu*

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Abstract

Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose causes acute liver injury via oxidative stress, uncontrolled inflammatory response, and subsequent hepatocyte death. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase (NOX) is a potent source of cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and may contribute to oxidative stress in many inflammatory processes. Corilagin, a component of Phyllanthus urinaria, possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and hepatoprotective effects. We evaluated the mechanisms underlying the protective effect of corilagin against acetaminophen-induced liver injury. Mice were intraperitoneally administrated 300 mg/kg APAP or equal volume of saline (control), with or without various concentrations of corilagin (0, 1, 5, or 10 mg/kg) administered after 30 min. All animals were sacrificed 16 h after APAP administration, and serum and liver tissue assays including histology, immunohistochemistry, and Western blot assay were performed. Corilagin post-treatment significantly attenuated APAP-induced liver injury (p < 0.005), inflammatory cell infiltration, hepatic proinflammatory cytokine levels, and hepatic oxidative stress. Furthermore, corilagin attenuated the protein levels of NOX1, NOX2, signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) in APAP-induced liver injury. These results indicated that the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and protective effects of corilagin in APAP-induced liver injury might involve the regulation of interleukin (IL)-6/STAT3 and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)/NF-κB signaling pathways through NOX-derived ROS.

Original languageEnglish
Article number334
JournalBiology
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 02 2023

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Keywords

  • NF-κB
  • NOX
  • ROS
  • STAT3
  • acetaminophen
  • corilagin
  • inflammation
  • liver injury

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