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Biol Pharm Bull. 2012;35(7):1118-25.

Hepatoprotective effects of phloridzin on hepatic fibrosis induced by carbon tetrachloride against oxidative stress-triggered damage and fibrosis in rats.

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  • 1Hubei Key Laboratory of Natural Products Research and Development, China Three Gorges University, Yichang 443002, P. R. China.


The present study was to study the hepatoprotective effects of phloridzin (PHL) on hepatic fibrosis induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl₄) in rats, on the basis of this investigation, the possible mechanism of PHL was elucidated. Male Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into six groups: control, model, PHL-L, PHL-M, PHL-H and colchine. All rats except control group were intraperitoneally injected with CCl₄, and control rats were injected with olive oil, twice a week for eight weeks. At the same time, the rats were orally given homologue drugs once a day, respectively. Hepatoprotective effects of PHL were evaluated by liver weight indexes, biochemical values, total antioxidant capacity and total-superoxide dismutase, histopathological observations, hepatic fibrosis, and the hepatic fibrosis relative gene and protein expressions. PHL significantly improved hepatic function; remarkably decreased serum hyaluronic acid (HA), transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and liver tissues hydroxyproline, malondialdehyde (MDA) levels, increased glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), total-antioxygen capacity (T-AOC) and total-superoxide dismutase (T-SOD) contents of liver tissues; Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunohisto-chemical results showed PHL might markedly reverse the up-regulated mRNA and protein expressions of the α-smooth muscle actin (SMA), TGF-β1 and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP1), up-regulate the matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP1) mRNA and protein expressions. Histopathological observations provided supportive evidence for biochemical analyses and the hepatic fibrosis relative gene and protein expressions, and with the dose of PHL increasing, the aforesaid improvement became more and more strong. The studies demonstrated that PHL exerted beneficially hepatoprotective effects on hepatic fibrosis induced by CCl₄, mainly enhancing antioxidant capacity of liver organizations, reduce the level of lipid peroxidation induced by CCl₄, and protect hepatocyte membranes from damage, and alleviate hepatic fibrosis.

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