Mangiferin protects against intestinal ischemia/reperfusion-induced liver injury: Involvement of PPAR-γ, GSK-3β and Wnt/β-catenin pathway

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Mangiferin (MF), a xanthonoid from Mangifera indica, possesses anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and potent antioxidant effects; however, its protective effect against mesenteric ischemia/reperfusion (I/R)-induced liver injury has not been fully clarified. The study was designed to assess the possible mechanism of action of MF against mesenteric I/R model.

Main methods:

Male Wister rats were treated with MF (20 mg/kg, i.p) or the vehicle for 3 days before I/R, which was induced by clamping the superior mesenteric artery for 30 min followed by declamping for 60 min.

Key findings:

The mechanistic studies revealed that MF protected the 2 organs studied, viz., liver and intestine partly via increasing the content of β-catenin and PPAR-γ along with decreasing that of GSK-3β and the phosphorylated NF-κB-p65. MF antioxidant effect was evidenced by increasing contents of total antioxidant capacity and GST, besides normalizing that of MDA. Regarding the anti-inflammatory effect, MF reduced IL-1β and IL-6, effects that were mirrored on the tissue content of MPO. Moreover, MF possessed anti-apoptotic character evidenced by elevating Bcl-2 content and reducing that of caspase-3. In the serum, intestinal I/R increased the activity of ALT, AST, and creatine kinase.


The intimated protective mechanisms of MF against mesenteric I/R are mediated, partially, by modulation of oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis possibly via the involvement of Wnt/β-catenin/NF-κβ/ PPAR-γ signaling pathways.

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