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Molecules 2015, 20(7), 12250-12265; doi:10.3390/molecules200712250

Protective Effect of Procyanidin B2 against CCl4-Induced Acute Liver Injury in Mice

State Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, China
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Academic Editor: Derek J. McPhee
Received: 20 April 2015 / Revised: 24 June 2015 / Accepted: 24 June 2015 / Published: 3 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Natural Products)
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Procyanidin B2 has demonstrated several health benefits and medical properties. However, its protective effects against CCl4-induced hepatotoxicity have not been clarified. The present study aimed to investigate the hepatoprotective effects of procyanidin B2 in CCl4-treated mice. Our data showed that procyanidin B2 significantly decreased the CCl4-induced elevation of serum alanine aminotransferase activities, as well as improved hepatic histopathological abnormalities. Procyanidin B2 also significantly decreased the content of MDA but enhanced the activities of antioxidant enzymes SOD, CAT and GSH-Px. Further research demonstrated that procyanidin B2 decreased the expression of TNF-α, IL-1β, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), as well as inhibited the translocation of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) p65 from the cytosol to the nuclear fraction in mouse liver. Moreover, CCl4-induced apoptosis in mouse liver was measured by (terminal-deoxynucleotidyl transferase mediated nick end labeling) TUNEL assay and the cleaved caspase-3. Meanwhile, the expression of apoptosis-related proteins Bax and Bcl-xL was analyzed by Western blot. Results showed that procyanidin B2 significantly inhibited CCl4-induced hepatocyte apoptosis, markedly suppressed the upregulation of Bax expression and restored the downregulation of Bcl-xL expression. Overall, the findings indicated that procyanidin B2 exhibited a protective effect on CCl4-induced hepatic injury by elevating the antioxidative defense potential and consequently suppressing the inflammatory response and apoptosis of liver tissues. View Full-Text
Keywords: procyanidin B2; acute liver injury; oxidative stress; inflammatory response; apoptosis procyanidin B2; acute liver injury; oxidative stress; inflammatory response; apoptosis

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Yang, B.-Y.; Zhang, X.-Y.; Guan, S.-W.; Hua, Z.-C. Protective Effect of Procyanidin B2 against CCl4-Induced Acute Liver Injury in Mice. Molecules 2015, 20, 12250-12265.

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