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CJAP ›› 2021, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (6): 616-621.doi: 10.12047/j.cjap.6139.2021.094

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Effects of TUG1 on hepatic fibrosis and its mechanism

ZHU Hai-dong, LYU Chang-kun, MA Fei-fei   

  1. Shangqiu Medical College, Shangqiu 476100, China
  • Received:2020-08-07 Revised:2021-03-19 Online:2021-11-28 Published:2021-11-25

Abstract: Objective: To investigate the effects and mechanisms of taurine up-regulated gene 1 (TUG1) in hepatic fibrosis. Methods: According to the literature, the classic hepatic fibrosis model of rats induced by 1%DMN(1ml/kg/d) was established. The rats with hepatic fibrosis and activated hepatic stellate cells (HSC) were divided into model control group, negative control group (transfected with siRNA negative control), siRNA interference group (transfected with TUG1). At the end of the experiment, hematoxylin eosin (HE) staining was used to detect the pathological changes of liver tissue; reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blot were used to determine the expression levels of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), TUG1, collagen I, matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), Smad2 and Smad3 in rat liver tissue and activated hepatic stellate cells. Results: Compared with the model control group, the protein and gene levels of TUG1 and α-SMA in the negative control group were increased significantly(P<0.05). The protein and gene levels of TUG1, α-SMA, collagen I, MMP-2, TIMP-1, Smad2 and Smad3 in the liver tissue and activated hepatic stellate cells in the siRNA interference group were decreased (P<0.05) while compared with the blank control group and the negative control group. There were no significant differences in the levels of TUG1, α-SMA, collagen I, MMP-2, TIMP-1, Smad2 and Smad3 in the liver tissue and activated hepatic stellate cells between the control group and the negative control group (P>0.05). Conclusion: TUG1 level is elevated in hepatic fibrosis tissue and activated hepatic stellate cells. Silencing TUG1 may improve the pathological damage of hepatic fibrosis induced by 1% DMN by inhibiting the transforming growth factor(TGF-β1)/ Smad signaling pathway.

Key words: liver fibrosis, hepatic stellate cells, rats, taurine up-regulated gene 1, transfection

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