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Modulation of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) by the naphthoquinone shikonin

Han, Tingting, Zhang, Guangping, Yan, Dong, Yang, Hong, Ma, Tonghui, Ye, Zuguang
Fitoterapia 2016 v.113 pp. 117-122
dose response, drugs, fibrosis, hemorrhage, humans, hydroxyproline, inhibitory concentration 50, intraperitoneal injection, liver cirrhosis, metabolic diseases, mice, models, plasminogen activator inhibitors, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, shikonin, tail, thrombosis, u-plasminogen activator
Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is a key negative regulator of the fibrinolytic system. Elevated levels of PAI-1 are associated with thrombosis and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Inhibition of PAI-1 activity represents a new strategy for antithrombotic and antifibrinolysis therapies. In this study, we systematically investigated the inhibitory effect of shikonin on PAI-1 activity. In the chromogenic substrate-based urokinase (uPA)/PAI-1 assay, we found that shikonin inhibited human PAI-1 activity with IC50 values of 30.68±2.32μM. This result was further confirmed by urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA)-mediated clot lysis assay. Mechanistic studies indicated that shikonin directly could bind to PAI-1 and prevent the binding of PAI-1 to uPA in a dose-dependent manner. Shikonin also blocked the formation of PAI-1/uPA complex, as shown by SDS/PAGE analysis. In the mouse arterial thrombosis model, intraperitoneal injection of shikonin at 1mgkg−1 dose significantly prolonged tail bleeding time from 12.956±4.457min to 26.576±2.443min. It also reduced arterial thrombus weight from 0.01±0.001g to 0.006±0.001g (p<0.05). In a liver fibrosis treatment model, when shikonin was continuously injected intraperitoneally at a dose of 1mgkg−1 over a two-week period, the hydroxyproline content in the mice plasma was significantly reduced and the degree of liver fibrosis was decreased significantly. Thus, shikonin may represent a novel small molecule inhibitor of PAI-1 that could have become a lead drug the treatment of thrombus and fibrosis.