Berberine protects Kawasaki disease-induced human coronary artery endothelial cells dysfunction by inhibiting of oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum stress.
Vascul Pharmacol. 2020 Feb 15:106660. Epub 2020 Feb 15. PMID: 32070767
Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute febrile illness characterized by systemic vasculitis especially in coronary arteries. Berberine (BBR) shows several beneficial effects on cardiovascular system. The present study is to investigate whether BBR exerts protective effect against KD-induced damage of human coronary artery endothelial cell (HCAECs) and the underlying mechanisms. HCAECs exposed to medium with 15% serum from KD patients or healthy volunteers for 24 h. Stimulated HCAECs were treated with vehicle (without BBR) and BBR (20 μM) for 24 h, the cell apoptosis, cell cycle, induction of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and protein expression were examined by flow cytometry and western blot. The KD-induced differentially expressed proteins in HCAECs were determined by quantitative proteomics. BBR inhibited HCAECs from apoptosis and arrested cell cycle at G0/G1 stage. BBR protected HCAECs from injury by inhibiting expression of THBD, vWF and EDN1. Bioinformatics analysis suggested that the oxidative and ER stress were involved inKD-induced damage in HCAECs. ROS production and the protein expression of ATF4, p-EIF2α, p-PERK, XBP1, p-IRE1, HSP90B1, HSPG2, DNAJC3, P4HB and VCP were increased by serum from KD patients and decreased by BBR treatment. BBR exerts its protective effects on KD-induced damage of HCAECs through itsinhibitory effects on oxidative and ER stress indicating BBR as a therapeutic candidate for KD.