Abstract Title:

Combination therapy of tanshinone IIA and puerarin for pulmonary fibrosis via targeting IL6-JAK2-STAT3/STAT1 signaling pathways.

Abstract Source:

Phytother Res. 2021 Aug 24. Epub 2021 Aug 24. PMID: 34427348

Abstract Author(s):

Zhifeng Xue, Fangzhe Zhao, Xiaoqing Sang, Yuchuan Qiao, Rui Shao, Yuanyuan Wang, Shan Gao, Guanwei Fan, Yan Zhu, Jian Yang

Article Affiliation:

Zhifeng Xue


Efficient therapy of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is still a major challenge. The current studies with single-target drug therapy are the pessimistic approaches due to the complex characteristics of IPF. Here, a combination therapy of Tanshinone IIA and Puerarin for IPF was proposed to alleviate IPF due to their antiinflammatory and anti-fibrotic effects. In vivo, the combination therapy could significantly attenuate the area of ground glass opacification that was presented by 85% percentile density score of the micro-CT images when compared to single conditions. In addition, the combination therapy enormously improved the survival rate and alleviated pathological changes in bleomycin (BLM)-induced IPF mice. By using a wide spectrum of infiltration biomarkers in immunofluorescence assay in pathological sections, we demonstrate that fewer IL6 related macrophage infiltration and fibrosis area after this combination therapy, and further proved that IL6-JAK2-STAT3/STAT1 is the key mechanism of the combination therapy. In vitro, combination therapy markedly inhibited the fibroblasts activation and migration which was induced by TGF-β1 or/and IL6 through JAK2-STAT3/STAT1 signaling pathway. This study demonstrated that combination therapeutic effect of TanIIA and Pue on IPF may be related to the reduced inflammatory response targeting IL6, which could be an optimistic and effective approach for IPF.

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