Lycium barbarum polysaccharides attenuate kidney injury in sepsis. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Lycium barbarum polysaccharides attenuate kidney injury in septic rats by regulating Keap1-Nrf2/ARE pathway.
Life Sci. 2019 Dec 28:117240. Epub 2019 Dec 28. PMID: 31891722
Lycium barbarum polysaccharides (LBP) are derived from Wolfberry and have antioxidant activities. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of LBP for kidney injury in a rat model of sepsis. Male rats were divided randomly to control group (Con), LPS group (LPS), ulinastatin group (ULI), low dose LBP group (LBP-1), middle dose LBP group (LBP-2) and high dose LBP group (LBP-3). After intraperitoneal injection of LPS (5 mg/kg) to make sepsis model (LPS group), 10,000 U/kg ulinastatin were given in ULI group, and 200, 400 and 800 mg/kg LBP was given in LBP-1, -2, -3 group, respectively. Serum IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, TNF-α and NF-κB levels were measured by ELISA. Nrf2, Keap1, NF-κB, HO-1 and NQO1 expression levels were detected by PCR and Western blot analysis. We found that LBP decreased the levels of NF-κB and pro-inflammatory cytokines while attenuated kidney injury. In addition, LBP regulated Keap1-Nrf2/ARE signaling pathway in the kidney. In conclusion, LBP attenuates inflammation injury in the kidney via possible regulation of Keap1-Nrf2/ARE signaling.