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J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2015 May;65(5):444-55. doi: 10.1097/FJC.0000000000000213.

Phloretin Inhibits Platelet-derived Growth Factor-BB-induced Rat Aortic Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation, Migration, and Neointimal Formation After Carotid Injury.

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Department of Cardiology, Zhongda Hospital of Southeast University Medical School, Nanjing, China.


Abnormal vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation and migration are key factors in many cardiovascular diseases. Here, we investigated the effects of phloretin on platelet-derived growth factor homodimer (PDGF-BB)-induced rat aortic smooth muscle cell (RASMC) proliferation, migration, and neointimal formation after carotid injury. Phloretin significantly inhibited the PDGF-BB-stimulated RASMC proliferation in a concentration-dependent manner (10-100 μM). Also, PDGF-BB-stimulated RASMC migration was inhibited by phloretin at 50 μM. Pretreating RASMC with phloretin dose-dependently inhibited PDGF-BB-induced Akt and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases activation. Furthermore, phloretin increased p27 and decreased cyclin-dependent kinase 2, CDK4 expression, and p-Rb activation in PDGF-BB-stimulated RASMC in a concentration-dependent manner (10-50 μM). PDGF-BB-induced cell adhesion molecules and matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression were blocked by phloretin at 50 μM. Preincubation with phloretin dose-dependently reduced the intracellular reactive oxygen species production. In vivo study showed that phloretin (20 mg/kg) significantly reduced neointimal formation 14 days after carotid injury in rats. Thus, phloretin may have potential as a treatment against atherosclerosis and restenosis after vascular injury.

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