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      Loxoprofen Sodium Alleviates Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis Induced by Angiotensin II in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs)

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          Background and Purpose

          Endothelium exerts an important role in releasing vasoactive substances, maintaining the blood flow, regulating the growth of vessels, moderating the process of coagulation, and the balance of fibrinolytic system, the dysfunction of which is reported to result in arterial stiffness. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of loxoprofen sodium against HUVECs injury induced by angiotensin II.


          The injury model on HUVECs was established through incubation with angiotensin II. The expression levels of AT2R, NOX-4, Bax, Bcl-2, and caspase-3 were evaluated using qRT-PCR and Western Blot. DCFH-DA assay was used to detect the production of ROS and ELISA assay was used to evaluate the level of reduced glutathione. Mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) was measured using dihydrorhodamine 123 assay. MTT and LDH assays were utilized to determine the proliferation ability of HUVECs. The apoptosis rate of HUVECs was evaluated using flow cytometry.


          Loxoprofen sodium suppressed endothelial AT2R elevation by angiotensin II. Loxoprofen ameliorated Angiotensin II–induced production of ROS, reduced GSH, and NOX-2 and NOX-4 expression. Furthermore, Loxoprofen mitigated Angiotensin II, reduced mitochondrial membrane potential and improved cell viability, and suppressed LDH release by angiotensin II. Importantly, loxoprofen showed a beneficial role in protecting endothelial apoptosis by mitigating apoptotic machinery including the balanced expression of Bax, Bcl-2, and caspase-3 cleavage.


          Loxoprofen sodium might alleviate the high ROS levels and apoptosis induced by angiotensin II in HUVECs.

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              NADPH oxidases (NOXs) are reactive oxygen species (ROS)-generating enzymes implicated in the pathophysiology of vascular diseases such as hypertension and stroke. Endothelial cells express four NOX isoforms including the superoxide-generating enzymes NOX1, NOX2, and NOX5 and the hydrogen peroxide-generating enzyme NOX4. Studies on arteries from patients with coronary artery disease, and in animals with experimentally induced hypertension, diabetes, or atherosclerosis, suggest that NOX1, NOX2, and NOX5 promote endothelial dysfunction, inflammation, and apoptosis in the vessel wall, whereas NOX4 is by contrast vasoprotective in increasing nitric oxide bioavailability and suppressing cell death pathways. Based on these findings and promising preclinical studies with the NOX1/NOX2 antagonist, apocynin, we suggest that the field is poised for clinical evaluation of NOX inhibitors as therapeutics for cardiovascular disease. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                18 November 2020
                : 14
                : 5087-5096
                [1 ]Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Ward 2, Zibo Central Hospital , Zibo, Shandong 255020, People’s Republic of China
                [2 ]General Medicine Department of Zibo Central Hospital , Zibo, Shandong 255020, People’s Republic of China
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                Correspondence: Shuo DongDepartment of Cardiovascular Medicine Ward 2, Zibo Central Hospital , No. 54, Gongqingtuan West Road, Zhangdian District, Zibo, Shandong255020, People’s Republic of ChinaTel/Fax +86-0533-3179175 Email shuodong601@163.com
                © 2020 Ji et al.

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                Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical medicine

                angiotensin ii, apoptosis, endothelial cells, ros


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