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Abstract Title:

Low molecular weight fucoidan ameliorates hindlimb ischemic injury in type 2 diabetic rats.

Abstract Source:

J Ethnopharmacol. 2017 Sep 14 ;210:434-442. Epub 2017 Sep 14. PMID: 28917976

Abstract Author(s):

Zhiqiang Wang, Tiantian Liu, Xiaoping Chen, Hongjie You, Quanbin Zhang, Jingyi Xue, Yuanyuan Zheng, Dali Luo

Article Affiliation:

Zhiqiang Wang

Abstract:

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Low molecular weight fucoidan (LMWF), extracted from Laminaria japonica Areschoug, is a traditional Chinese medicine, commonly used to alleviate edema, particularly for feet with numbness and pain.

AIM OF THE STUDY: Diabetic mellitus (DM) patients are at high risk of developing peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Individuals with DM and PAD co-morbidity have a much higher risk of critical limb ischemia. LMWF showed several beneficial effects, such as anti-inflammation, anti-thrombosis, and enhancing revascularization. Therefore, we hypothesized that LMWF might be beneficial to diabetes-induced PAD, and investigated the therapeutic potential of LMWF on diabetic PAD rats.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Type 2 diabetic Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats were made PAD by injection of sodium laurate into femoral artery. LMWF (20, 40 or 80mg/kg/day) or cilostazol (100mg/kg/day) were given to diabetic PAD rats for 4 weeks, respectively. The effects of LMWF on foot ulceration and claudication, plantar blood flow, collateral vessel formation, endothelium morphology, gastrocnemius injury, platelet aggregation, vessel vasodilation, and the expressions of inflammation factors, VEGF, eNOS, and nitric oxide were measured.

RESULTS: We found that LMWF markedly ameliorated foot ulceration and claudication, and improved the plantar perfusion by reversing hyperreactive platelet aggregation, ameliorating endothelium-dependent vasodilation and revascularization on diabetic PAD rats. In addition, upregulation of several inflammatory factors, such as ICAM-1 and IL-1β in the gastrocnemius muscles of ischemic hindlimb were suppressed by LMWF administration. And eNOS phosphorylation at Ser1177 and NO production were significantly enhanced in LMWF-treated diabetic PAD rats.

CONCLUSIONS: Taken together, our findings demonstrated that LMWF exhibits therapeutic effect on hindlimb ischemia in type 2 diabetic rats likely through ameliorating endothelium eNOS dysfunction and enhancing revascularization, thus, providing a potential supplementary non-invasive treatment for diabetes-induced PAD.

Study Type : Animal Study

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