Anti-oxidative stress and inhibition of TGF-β1/Smads signaling cascade are essential therapeutic strategies for diabetic nephropathy (DN). In this study, we aimed to explore the effect of combination of Ginsenoside Rg1 and Astragaloside IV on oxidative stress and TGF-β1/Smads signaling in DN rats.
Wistar rats were divided into five groups: N group, M group (streptozotocin [STZ], intraperitoneally), G group (STZ rats with Ginsenoside Rg1, intragastrically [ig]), A group (STZ rats with Astragaloside IV, ig) and C group (STZ rats with Ginsenoside Rg1 and Astragaloside IV, ig). The levels of methane dicarboxylic aldehyde (MDA), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-PX), total anti-oxidative capacity (T-AOC), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), β 2-microglobulin (β 2-MG), serum creatinine (SCr) and urinary creatinine (UCr) were detected in all the groups. The left kidneys of the rats were harvested to detect the expression of TGF-β1, Smad2/3, Smad7 and CTGF by immunohistochemical staining, while the right kidneys were used to detect the mRNA expression of TGF-β1, Smad7 and CTGF by real-time PCR.
Rats in G group, A group and C group had lower level of MDA but higher levels of CAT, GSH-PX and T-AOC compared with rats in M group. Rats in C group showed the best anti-oxidative stress level. G group, A group and C group treatments significantly decreased the levels of BUN, SCr, β 2-MG and UCr. In addition, C group treatment showed the best kidney protective effect. G group, A group and C group treatments significantly diminish ED both factor and mRNA overexpression of TGF-β1 and CTGF but increase Smad7 expression in kidney tissue.