Berbamine ameliorates isoproterenol-induced myocardial infarction by inhibiting mitochondrial dysfunction and apoptosis in rats

Sithuraj Saranya, Rathinasamy Baskaran, Paramasivan Poornima, Viswanadha Vijaya Padma*

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    Berbamine (BBM), a bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloid from roots, bark, and stem of Berberis plant such as Berberis aristata has a wide range of pharmacological activities. However, the evidence for the cardioprotective effect of BBM is inadequate and the molecular mechanism of BBM remains unclear. This study investigated the underlying molecular mechanism of BBM-mediated cardioprotection on isoproterenol (ISO)-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and apoptosis in rats. The assays of mitochondria antioxidant status, mitochondrial marker enzymes, and electron microscopic analysis of mitochondria revealed BBM significantly prevented the mitochondrial dysfunction induced by ISO. The ISO-induced elevation of mitochondrial oxidative stress was also curbed by BBM. Furthermore, pretreatment with BBM protected the heart tissue from ISO-induced apoptosis as evident from decreased terminal dUTP nickend-labeling positive cells and decreased expression of Bax, cytochrome c, cleaved caspase-9, and caspase-3, and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase and increased expression of Bcl-2 in ISO-induced rats. These current findings suggest that BBM exerts a significant cardioprotective effect on ISO-induced myocardial infarction in rats.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3101-3113
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Cellular Biochemistry
    Issue number3
    Early online date28 Nov 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


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