The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Salvianolic acid B from Salvia miltiorrhiza inhibits tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha)-induced MMP-2 upregulation in human aortic smooth muscle cells via suppression of NAD(P)H oxidase-derived reactive oxygen species.

Activated matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in patients with acute coronary syndromes may contribute to plaque destabilization. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) enhances NAD (P) H oxidase-dependent reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation and ROS induce MMP-2. In the present study, the effects of a potent water-soluble antioxidant, salvianolic acid B (SalB), derived from a Chinese herb, Salvia miltiorrhiza, on the expression of MMP-2 by TNF-alpha-treated human aortic smooth muscle cells (HASMCs) were investigated. In this study, salvianolic acid B scavenged H2O2 in a dose-dependent manner in test tube. We found that SalB, as well as NADPH oxidase inhibitors, DPI or apocynin, and antioxidant NAC, inhibited TNF-alpha- induced MMP-2 mRNA, protein expression, and gelatinolytic activity in HASMCs in a concentration-dependent manner. We also observed a dose-dependent decrease in ROS production and NADPH oxidase activity induced by TNF-alpha in the presence of SalB. SalB also significantly inhibited angiotensin II or H2O2-induced MMP-2 mRNA and protein expression and gelatinolytic activity in HASMCs. Our data point out that the importance of NADPH oxidase-dependent ROS generation in the control of SalB inhibition of TNF-alpha- induced MMP-2 expression and activity.[1]


WikiGenes - Universities