Curcumin Protects against CCl4-Induced Liver Fibrosis in Rats by Inhibiting HIF-1α Through an ERK-Dependent Pathway
AbstractThe ERK/HIF-1α signaling pathway is believed to play an important role in the genesis of progressive fibrosis. An increasing expression of HIF-1α and ERK accompanies CCl4-induced liver fibrosis in rats. Curcumin is verified to have antifibrotic effects in several kinds of liver fibrosis models. There is no specific evidence illustrating a connection between curcumin and the HIF-1α/ERK pathway in rat liver fibrosis induced by CCl4. In this study, liver fibrosis was induced by CCl4 in treated rats. The data demonstrated that curcumin was able to attenuate liver fibrosis and inhibit the proliferation of HSC. Moreover, curcumin could remarkably elevate the hepatic function by decreasing serum levels of ALT, AST and ALP, and increasing levels of ALB, TP and α-SMA, Col III mRNA expression. Meanwhile, ECM status could also be reflected by curcumin treatment. The alleviation with curcumin treatment was associated with inhibition of HIF-1α and phosphor-ERK. This study indicates that curcumin alleviates fibrosis by reducing the expression of HIF-1α partly through the ERK pathway. View Full-Text
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Zhao, Y.; Ma, X.; Wang, J.; He, X.; Hu, Y.; Zhang, P.; Wang, R.; Li, R.; Gong, M.; Luo, S.; Xiao, X. Curcumin Protects against CCl4-Induced Liver Fibrosis in Rats by Inhibiting HIF-1α Through an ERK-Dependent Pathway. Molecules 2014, 19, 18767-18780.
Zhao Y, Ma X, Wang J, He X, Hu Y, Zhang P, Wang R, Li R, Gong M, Luo S, Xiao X. Curcumin Protects against CCl4-Induced Liver Fibrosis in Rats by Inhibiting HIF-1α Through an ERK-Dependent Pathway. Molecules. 2014; 19(11):18767-18780.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhao, Yanling; Ma, Xiao; Wang, Jiabo; He, Xuan; Hu, Yan; Zhang, Ping; Wang, Ruilin; Li, Ruisheng; Gong, Man; Luo, Shengqiang; Xiao, Xiaohe. 2014. "Curcumin Protects against CCl4-Induced Liver Fibrosis in Rats by Inhibiting HIF-1α Through an ERK-Dependent Pathway." Molecules 19, no. 11: 18767-18780.