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Abstract Title:

Astragaloside IV inhibits astrocyte senescence: implication in Parkinson's disease.

Abstract Source:

J Neuroinflammation. 2020 Apr 6 ;17(1):105. Epub 2020 Apr 6. PMID: 32252767

Abstract Author(s):

Mei-Ling Xia, Xia-Hong Xie, Jian-Hua Ding, Ren-Hong Du, Gang Hu

Article Affiliation:

Mei-Ling Xia


BACKGROUND: Senescent astrocytes have been implicated in the aging brain and neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD). Astragaloside IV (AS-IV) is an antioxidant derivative from a traditional Chinese herbal medicine Astragalus membraneaceus Bunge and exerts anti-inflammatory and longevity effects and neuroprotective activities. However, its effect on astrocyte senescence in PD remains to be defined.

METHODS: Long culture-induced replicative senescence model and lipopolysaccharide/1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (LPS/MPP)-induced premature senescence model and a mouse model of PD were used to investigate the effect of AS-IV on astrocyte senescence in vivo and in vitro. Immunocytochemistry, qPCR, subcellular fractionation, flow cytometric analyses, and immunohistochemistry were subsequently conducted to determine the effects of AS-IV on senescence markers.

RESULTS: We found that AS-IV inhibited the astrocyte replicative senescence and LPS/MPP-induced premature senescence, evidenced by decreased senescence-associatedβ-galactosidase activity and expression of senescence marker p16, and increased nuclear level of lamin B1, and reduced pro-inflammatory senescence-associated secretory phenotype. More importantly, we showed that AS-IV protected against the loss of dopamine neurons and behavioral deficits in the mouse model of PD, which companied by reduced accumulation of senescent astrocytes in substantia nigra compacta. Mechanistically, AS-IV promoted mitophagy, which reduced damaged mitochondria accumulation and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species generation and then contributed to the suppression of astrocyte senescence. The inhibition of autophagy abolished the suppressive effects of AS-IV on astrocyte senescence.

CONCLUSIONS: Our findings reveal that AS-IV prevents dopaminergic neurodegeneration in PD via inhibition of astrocyte senescence through promoting mitophagy and suggest that AS-IV is a promising therapeutic strategy for the treatment of age-associated neurodegenerative diseases such as PD.

Study Type : Animal Study, In Vitro Study

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