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      Gastro-Protective Effects of Calycosin Against Precancerous Lesions of Gastric Carcinoma in Rats

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          Abstract

          Aim

          Gastric cancer is a leading cause of cancer death worldwide. In-depth research of precancerous lesions of gastric carcinoma (PLGC) with malignant transformation potential is a key measure to prevent the development of gastric carcinoma. Recently, calycosin has been shown to have anticancer effects in vitro and in vivo. The molecular mechanism by which calycosin affects PLGC, however, has not yet been elucidated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect and mechanism of calycosin in N‐methyl‐ Nʹ‐nitro‐ N‐nitrosoguanidine (MNNG)-induced PLGC rats.

          Methods

          The effects of calycosin in the gastric mucosa of rats with PLGC were evaluated using histopathology and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). For further characterization, the expression levels of integrin β1, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), p-NF-κB, DARPP-32 and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) were determined by Western blot assay and immunohistochemistry.

          Results

          Hematoxylin–eosin and high iron diamine–Alcian blue–periodic acid-Schiff (HID-AB-PAS) staining showed that intestinal metaplasia and dysplasia were significantly ameliorated in the calycosin intervention groups compared with the model group. Further, TEM results showed that calycosin intervention tempered microvascular abnormalities and cell morphology of primary and parietal cells in PLGC tissues. The results suggested that calycosin had gastro-protective effects in MNNG-induced PLGC rats. Western blot and immunohistochemistry analysis showed that the increased protein expression levels of NF-κB, p-NF-κB, DARPP-32 and STAT3 in the model group were downregulated by calycosin. The upregulation of integrin β1 expression induced by MNNG was decreased in the calycosin groups.

          Conclusion

          Collectively, calycosin protected against gastric mucosal injury in part via regulation of the integrin β1/NF-κB/DARPP-32 pathway and suppressed the expression of STAT3 in PLGC. The elucidation of this effect and mechanism of calycosin in PLGC provides a potential therapeutic strategy for treatment of gastric precancerous lesions.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                DDDT
                dddt
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Dove
                1177-8881
                09 June 2020
                2020
                : 14
                : 2207-2219
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Digestive Disease Center, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital Medical University , Beijing, People’s Republic of China
                [2 ]Beijing University of Chinese Medicine , Beijing, People’s Republic of China
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Shengsheng Zhang Digestive Disease Center, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital Medical University , Beijing, People’s Republic of China Email zhss2000@163.com
                Article
                247958
                10.2147/DDDT.S247958
                7294567
                © 2020 Li et al.

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                Figures: 10, References: 60, Pages: 13
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