Abstract Title:

Berberine encapsulated PEG-coated liposomes attenuate Wnt1/β-catenin signaling in rheumatoid arthritis via miR-23a activation.

Abstract Source:

Eur J Pharm Biopharm. 2020 Feb 14. Epub 2020 Feb 14. PMID: 32068029

Abstract Author(s):

Sali Sujitha, Palani Dinesh, Mahaboobkhan Rasool

Article Affiliation:

Sali Sujitha


Bone erosion is a debilitating pathological process of osteopathic disorder like rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Current treatment strategies render low disease activity but with disease recurrence. To find an alternative, we designed this study with an aim to explore the underlying therapeutic effect of PEGylated liposomal BBR (PEG-BBR) against Wnt1/β-catenin mediated bone erosion in adjuvant-induced arthritic (AA) rat model and fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) with reference to microRNA-23a (miR-23a) activity. Our initial studies using confocal microscopy and Near-Infrared Imaging (NIR) showed successful internalization of PEG-BBR and PEG-miR-23a in vitro and in vivo respectively and was retained till 48 h. The preferential internalization of PEG-BBR into the inflamed joint region significantly reduced the gene and protein level expression of major Wnt1 signaling mediators and reduced bone erosion in rats. Moreover, PEG-BBR treatmentin FLS cells attenuated the gene and protein expression levels of FZD4, LRP5, β-catenin, and Dvl-1 through the induction of CYLD. Furthermore, inhibition of these factors resulted in reduced bone loss and increased calcium retainability by altering the RANKL/OPG axis. PEG-BBR treatment markedly inhibited the expression of LRP5 protein on par with the DKK-1 (LRP5 inhibitor/Wnt signaling inhibitor) and suppressed the transcriptional activation of β-catenin inside the cells. We further witnessed that miR-23a altered the expression levels of LRP5 through RNA interference. Overall, our findings endorsed that miR-23a possesses a multifaceted therapeutic efficiency like berberine in RA pathogenesis and can be considered as a potential candidate for the therapeutic targeting of Wnt1/β-catenin in RA disease condition.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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