Abstract Title:

Sulforaphane inhibits restenosis by suppressing inflammation and the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells.

Abstract Source:

Atherosclerosis. 2012 Nov ;225(1):41-9. Epub 2012 Aug 5. PMID: 22898620

Abstract Author(s):

Jin-Sook Kwon, Hosouk Joung, Yong Sook Kim, Young-Sun Shim, Youngkeun Ahn, Myung Ho Jeong, Hae Jin Kee

Article Affiliation:

Heart Research Center of Chonnam National University Hospital, Jebong-ro, Dong-ku, Gwangju 501-757, Republic of Korea.


OBJECTIVE: Sulforaphane, a naturally occurring organosulfur compound in broccoli, has chemopreventive properties in cancer. However, the effects of sulforaphane in vascular diseases have not been examined. We therefore aimed to investigate the effects of sulforaphane on vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation and neointimal formation and the related mechanisms.

METHODS: The expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1) and intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) was examined in VSMCs. The nuclear translocation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and GATA6 expression was examined in VSMCs and in a carotid artery injury model by Western blot and immunohistochemistry. We also investigated whether local delivery of sulforaphane affected neointimal formation.

RESULTS: Sulforaphane inhibited the mRNA and protein expression of VCAM-1 induced by tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α in VSMCs. Treatment of VSMCs with sulforaphane blocked TNF-α-induced IκBα degradation and NF-κB p65 and GATA6 expression. Furthermore, NF-κB p65 and GATA6 expression were reduced in sulforaphane-treated carotid injury sections. Notably, binding of GATA6 to the VCAM-1 promoter was dramatically reduced by sulforaphane. The MTT, BrdU incorporation, and in vitro scratch assays revealed that the proliferation and migration of VSMCs were reduced by sulforaphane. Furthermore, local administration of sulforaphane significantly reduced neointima formation 14 days after vascular injury in rats.

CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicate that sulforaphane inhibits neointima formation via targeting of adhesion molecules through the suppression of NF-κB/GATA6. Furthermore, sulforaphane regulates migration and proliferation in VSMCs. Sulforaphane may be a potential therapeutic agent for preventing restenosis after vascular injury.

Study Type : In Vitro Study
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