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Ginsenoside Rg1 prevents acetaminophen-induced oxidative stress and apoptosis via Nrf2/ARE signaling pathway

Author:
Gao, Yan, Chu, Shi-Feng, Zhang, Zhao, Ai, Qi-Di, Xia, Cong-Yuan, Huang, Hui-Yong, Chen, Nai-Hong
Source:
Journal of Asian natural products research 2019 v.21 no.8 pp. 782-797
ISSN:
1477-2213
Subject:
Panax ginseng, acetaminophen, active ingredients, apoptosis, cell viability, ginsenosides, hepatotoxicity, mice, morbidity, necrosis, oxidative stress, proteins, signal transduction, survival rate
Abstract:
Inappropriate use of acetaminophen (APAP) can lead to morbidity and mortality secondary to hepatic necrosis. Ginsenoside Rg1 is a major active ingredient in processed Panax ginseng, which is proved to elicit biological effects. We hypothesized the beneficial effect of Rg1 on APAP-mediated hepatotoxicity was through Nrf2/ARE pathway. The study was conducted in cells and mice, comparing the actions of Rg1. Rg1 significantly improved cell survival rates and promoted the expression of antioxidant proteins. Meanwhile, Rg1 reduced the excessive ROS and the occurrence of cell apoptosis, which were related to Nrf2/ARE pathway. Expression of Nrf2 has a certain cell specificity.
Agid:
6479583