Objective: To investigate the protective effects of paeoniflorin on the lung injury in systemic lupus erythematosus with mouse model.
Methods: Ten wild type mice and 40 MRL/lpr mice were used in this study. MRL/lpr mice were randomly assigned to MRL/lpr group,MRL/lpr + dexamethasone (1.5 mg/kg) group,MRL/lpr + paeoniflorin (20 mg/kg) group,and MRL/lpr + paeoniflorin (40 mg/kg). The levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) , superoxide dismutase (SOD) ,catalase (CAT) ,glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) in serum were detected. The serum levesl of inflammatory cytokines were measured. Lung pathological changes were determined by HE staining. The protein level of phospho-phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (P-PI3K),phospho-serine-threonine kinase B(P-Akt) ,phospho-nuclear factor kappa B (P-NF-κB),phospho-inhibitor of nuclear factor kappa Bα (P-IκBα) were detected by Western blot.
Results: Paeoniflorin decreased serum level of MDA and increased the levels of SOD,CAT,GSH-PX,and decreased the levels of inflammatory cytokines. Paeoniflorin improved lung pathological changes and inhibited the protein levels of P-PI3K,P-Akt,P-NF-κBp65,and P-IκBα in the lung tissue of MRL/lpr mice.
Conclusion: Paeoniflorin may be beneficial for the prevention of lung injury in systemic lupus erythematosus.
Keywords: Inflammation; Lung tissue; Paeoniflorin; Systemic lupus erythematosus.
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