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ShengMai-San Attenuates Cardiac Remodeling in Diabetic Rats by Inhibiting NOX-Mediated Oxidative Stress

Authors Lu Y, Zhu S, Wang X, Liu J, Li Y, Wang W, Wang S, Wang F

Received 19 October 2020

Accepted for publication 26 December 2020

Published 11 February 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 647—657


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Ming-Hui Zou

Yanting Lu, Shu Zhu, Xiaoyan Wang, Juhai Liu, Yingying Li, Wei Wang, Shijun Wang, Furong Wang

College of TCM, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinan, 250355, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Shijun Wang; Furong Wang Email;

Background and Purpose: ShengMai-San (SMS) is traditionally used to treat ischemic cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Recently, several studies have reported the cardioprotective effects of SMS in diabetic animals. However, the potential mechanisms have not yet been fully elucidated. In this study, we investigated whether SMS exerts a beneficial effect in diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) by alleviating NADPH oxidase (NOX)-mediated oxidative stress.
Methods: SD rats were randomly divided into a negative control group (NC), diabetes mellitus group (DM) and SMS-treated group (SMS). The myocardial structure alterations, apoptosis and biomarkers of oxidative stress were observed. Moreover, to explore the protective mechanism of SMS, the activation of AMPKα, expression and translocation of NOX-related proteins were assessed.
Results: Diabetes led to excessive collagen content, fibrosis, and apoptosis in the myocardium. Oxidative stress in diabetic hearts was indicated by low levels of T-AOC, high levels of 8-iso-PGF2α and 8-OHdG, inactivation of AMPKα, elevated expression of NOX2 and NOX4 and translocation of NOX isoforms p47phox and p67phox. Treatment with SMS for 10 weeks resulted in the alleviation of diabetes-associated myocardial structure abnormalities and apoptosis. Additionally, SMS attenuated the accumulation of oxidative stress markers in myocardial tissue. Further investigation showed that SMS was able to reverse the levels of oxidative stress-associated proteins NOX2 and NOX4 in the DM rats. Moreover, SMS treatment blunted the translocation of NADPH oxidase isoforms p47phox and p67phox as well. Furthermore, SMS promoted the activation of AMPK in the cardiac tissue of diabetic rats.
Conclusion: These findings indicate that SMS exhibits therapeutic properties against diabetic cardiomyopathy by attenuating myocardial oxidative damage via activation of AMPKα and inhibition of NOX signaling.

Keywords: diabetes, myocardium, ShengMai-San, oxidative stress, AMPK, NOX

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