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Eur J Pharmacol. 2010 Jun 10;635(1-3):188-93. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2010.03.007. Epub 2010 Mar 19.

Genipin protects lipopolysaccharide-induced apoptotic liver damage in D-galactosamine-sensitized mice.

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College of Pharmacy, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Republic of Korea.


This study examined the effects of genipin, isolated from Gardenia jasminoides Ellis, on d-galactosamine (GalN) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced hepatic apoptosis and liver failure. Mice were given an intraperitoneal injection of genipin (25, 50, 100 and 200mg/kg) 1h before GalN (700mg/kg)/LPS (10microg/kg) administration. The survival rate of the genipin group was significantly higher than that of the control. Genipin markedly reduced the increases in serum aminotransferase activities and lipid peroxidation. The glutathione content decreased in GalN/LPS group, and this decrease was attenuated by genipin. Increases in serum tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), which were observed in GalN/LPS-treated mice, were significantly reduced by genipin. Genipin attenuated the GalN/LPS-induced apoptosis of hepatocytes, as estimated by the caspase-3 and -8 activity assay, TNF-R1 associated death domain (TRADD) protein measurement and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick end-labeling (TUNEL) method. Moreover, increased cytosolic cytochrome c protein was reduced by genipin. After 3h of GalN/LPS injection, nuclear phosphorylated c-Jun (p-c-Jun) level was significantly increased, whereas it was attenuated by genipin. Also, the increased nuclear level of nuclear factor-kappaB and the decreased cytosolic level of IkappaB-alpha protein were significantly attenuated by genipin. Our results suggest that genipin offers marked hepatoprotection against damage induced by GalN/LPS related with its antioxidative, anti-apoptotic activities, and inhibition of NF-kappaB nuclear translocation and nuclear p-c-Jun expression.

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