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Astragaloside IV/lncRNA-TUG1/TRAF5 signaling pathway participates in podocyte apoptosis of diabetic nephropathy rats

Authors Lei X, Zhang L, Li Z, Ren J

Received 24 February 2018

Accepted for publication 31 May 2018

Published 6 September 2018 Volume 2018:12 Pages 2785—2793


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Qiongyu Guo

Xiao Lei, Limei Zhang, Zonglin Li, Jigang Ren

Traditional Chinese Medicine Department, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China

Objective: This study aims to figure out the mechanism of astragaloside IV (AS-IV) in the protection of podocyte apoptosis in diabetic nephropathy (DN) rats.
Materials and methods: Streptozotocin (STZ) was used to induce diabetes in rats, and the diabetic rats were treated with 5 mg/kg/d of AS-IV for 12 weeks. Albuminuria level, relative TUG1 and TRAF5 levels, and TRAF5 and cleaved-caspase-3 protein levels were examined by ELISA, quantitative reverse transcription (qRT)-PCR, and Western blot analyses, respectively. The interaction between TUG1 and TRAF5 was confirmed by RNA pull-down and RNA precipitation. TUNEL assay was used to detect podocyte apoptosis.
Results: Compared with control rats, DN rats had higher albuminuria and TRAF5 levels and lower TUG1 level. AS-IV treatment attenuated albuminuria and TRAF5 levels and improved TUG1 level in DN rats. TUG1 was downregulated and TRAF5 was upregulated in high-glucose-treated MPC5 cells, and AS-IV ameliorated the TUG1 level. In addition, TUG1 interacted with TRAF5, and TUG1 overexpression promoted degradation of TRAF5 protein. Besides, AS-IV modulated TRAF5 expression through regulating TUG1. AS-IV decreased podocyte apoptosis via the TUG1/TRAF5 pathway. Finally, in vivo experiment proved that si-TUG1 abrogated the protective effect of AS-IV on DN.
Conclusion: AS-IV attenuated podocyte apoptosis and protected diabetic rats from DN via the lncRNA-TUG1/TRAF5 pathway.

Keywords: astragaloside IV, diabetic nephropathy, TUG1, TRAF5, albuminuria

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