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Paeoniflorin prevents postoperative peritoneal adhesion formation in an experimental rat model

Qi Gao, Guangbing Wei, Yunhua Wu, Na Yao, Cancan Zhou, Kai Wang, Kang Wang, Xuejun Sun and Xuqi Li _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:93899-93911. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.21333

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Qi Gao1, Guangbing Wei1, Yunhua Wu1, Na Yao2, Cancan Zhou3, Kai Wang1, Kang Wang1, Xuejun Sun1 and Xuqi Li1

1Department of General Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710061, Shaanxi, China

2College of Nursing, Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine, Xianyang 712046, Shaanxi, China

3Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710061, Shaanxi, China

Correspondence to:

Xuqi Li, email: [email protected]

Keywords: peritoneal adhesion, oxidative stress, inflammation, paeoniflorin, postoperation

Received: August 14, 2017    Accepted: August 28, 2017    Published: September 28, 2017


Although materials and modern surgical techniques have been developed to suppress postoperative adhesions, adhesion formation can still occur, and thus, a novel effective anti-adhesion drug is greatly needed. In the present study, we explored the efficacy of paeoniflorin treatment against postoperative peritoneal adhesions and examined the anti-oxidative stress and anti-inflammatory properties of PE. Forty-eight male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 6 groups for the study: the sham, control, hyaluronan and three concentrations (10, 20 and 40 mg/kg/d) paeoniflorin groups. Abdominal adhesions were created by abrasion of the caecum and its opposite abdominal wall. In the paeoniflorin groups, the rats were administered daily oral doses of paeoniflorin for 7 days. The abdominal cavities of the rats were reopened with a U-shaped incision to macroscopically grade the adhesions. Histologic analysis was performed, and oxidative stress, inflammatory cytokine, collagen fiber degradation and cytokeratin levels were measured. Macroscopic and histopathological measurements revealed that paeoniflorin reduced peritoneal adhesion and inflammation. Notably, treatment with paeoniflorin reduced the protein levels of TGF-β1, IL-6 and COX-2. The collagen fiber fractions were distinctly lower in the PE groups than in the control group. Western blotting analyses showed that paeoniflorin increased MMP-9 and superoxide dismutase-2 protein expression and sharply reduced α-SMA and COX-2 protein expression. Peritoneal mesothelium cells were more continuous and complete in animals treated with paeoniflorin. Our study suggests that paeoniflorin can be used to ameliorate peritoneal adhesions via anti-oxidative stress and anti-inflammatory actions during the postoperative period.

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