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Abstract Title:

Astragaloside IV attenuates gestational diabetes mellitus via targeting NLRP3 inflammasome in genetic mice.

Abstract Source:

Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2019 Sep 26 ;17(1):77. Epub 2019 Sep 26. PMID: 31558153

Abstract Author(s):

Ruixue Zhang, Xuelei Zhang, Baoheng Xing, Jianyong Zhao, Peipei Zhang, Dandan Shi, Fengzhen Yang

Article Affiliation:

Ruixue Zhang


BACKGROUND: As the most ordinary metabolic disorder during pregnancy, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has become a severe risk for the health of both pregnant female and fetus. Astragaloside IV (AS-IV) is the dominant active component in Astragalus membranaceus. It has been proved that AS-IV has anti-inflammation and immune-regulation function. We aimed to demonstrate the function of AS-IV in the therapy of GDM and the molecular mechanism in this process.

METHODS: C57BL/KsJ-Lepdb/+ female mice were used as GDM model. The mRNA levels of relative genes in this research were detected by qRT-PCR. The protein levels of relative genes were analyzed by western blot. Serum concentration of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) were analyzed by ELISA.

RESULTS: Glucose and insulin levels in GDM mice model were decreased by AS-IV treatment. AS-IV down-regulated the expression of inflammatory gene IL-6 and TNF-α in GDM mice model. AS-IV treatment inhibited the expression of NLR family pyrin domain containing-3 (NLRP3) inflammasome relative proteins in the pancreas of GDM mice.

CONCLUSION: This study demonstrated that AS-IV treatment has an effective therapeutic function of GDM in mice model through the inhibition of NLRP3 inflammasome in the pancreas.

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