Bisdemethoxycurcumin protects against renal fibrosis. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Bisdemethoxycurcumin protects against renal fibrosis via activation of fibroblast apoptosis.
Eur J Pharmacol. 2019 Mar 15 ;847:26-31. Epub 2019 Jan 17. PMID: 30660576
Renal fibrosis is the common final outcome of nearly all progressive chronic kidney diseases (CKD) that eventually develop into end-stage renal failure, which threatens the lives of patients. Currently, there are no effective drugs for the treatment of renal fibrosis. However, studies have shown that certain plant natural products have a fibrosis-alleviating effect. Thus, we have screened a large number of natural products for their ability to protect against renal fibrosis and found that bisdemethoxycurcumin has a good therapeutic effect in renal fibrosis according to the data obtained in a mouse model of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO). The results indicate that bisdemethoxycurcumin can efficiently attenuate renal fibrosis induced by UUO. Additional studies of the bisdemethoxycurcumin mechanism of action in the treatment of renal fibrosis demonstrated that the therapeutic effect of bisdemethoxycurcumin is mediated by the specific induction of fibroblast apoptosis at a concentration of 20 μM. bisdemethoxycurcumin can efficiently protect against renal fibrosis both in vitro and in vivo. This discovery will provide new ideas for renal fibrosis treatment in clinics and a new direction for the development of effective drug therapy of renal fibrosis.