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Baicalein, an active component of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, improves cardiac contractile function in endotoxaemic rats via induction of heme oxygenase-1 and suppression of inflammatory responses.

Authors: Lee, YM  Cheng, PY  Chim, LS  Kung, CW  Ka, SM  Chung, MT  Sheu, JR 
Citation: Lee YM, etal., J Ethnopharmacol. 2011 Apr 26;135(1):179-85. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2011.03.009. Epub 2011 Mar 17.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:21396999
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1016/j.jep.2011.03.009

AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate the protective effect of baicalein on myocardial dysfunction caused by endotoxaemia in rats and to explore the possible mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Baicalein (10mg/kg, intravenous) was administered to conscious Wistar rats 30min after lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 10mg/kg, intravenous) challenge. Six hours after LPS administration, the contractile function of the isolated heart was examined using the Langendorff technique. Cardiac protein expression related to inflammatory responses, superoxide anion production and caspase-3 activity were measured. RESULTS: Post-treatment with baicalein significantly attenuated the LPS-induced hypotension with accompanying tachycardia. The contractile function of isolated heart was significantly preserved 6h after LPS administration, following treatment with baicalein. Furthermore, baicalein induced the expression of heme oxygenase-1 protein and reduced superoxide anion formation in the myocardium of LPS-treated rats. Cardiac levels of inducible nitric oxide synthase, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, phospho-IkappaBalpha and phospho-p65 protein and caspase-3 activity significantly increased 6h after LPS challenge but baicalein significantly attenuated these LPS-induced changes. CONCLUSIONS: Baicalein improves myocardial contractility in LPS-induced sepsis, which may be related to reductions in oxidative stress, myocardial inflammatory responses and apoptosis.


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