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BioMed Research International
Volume 2019, Article ID 2692970, 9 pages
Research Article

Effects of Four Compounds from Gentianella acuta (Michx.) Hulten on Hydrogen Peroxide-Induced Injury in H9c2 Cells

1Baotou Medical College, Baotou 014000, China
2Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hohhot 010020, China
3Inner Mongolia Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hohhot 010020, China
4Department of Basic Science, Tianjin Agricultural University, Tianjin 300384, China
5Department of Geriatrics, The first Affiliated Hospital of Baotou Medical College, Baotou 014000, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Min-hui Li; ten.haey@iuhnimil_forp

Received 14 September 2018; Revised 5 December 2018; Accepted 6 December 2018; Published 20 January 2019

Academic Editor: Christina Pabelick

Copyright © 2019 Kai Ren et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In previous studies, Gentianella acuta (Michx.) Hulten was reported to contain xanthones, iridoids, terpenoids, and sterols and is mainly used to cure hepatitis, jaundice, fever, headache, and angina pectoris. In this study, we used bioassay guided fractionation to identify compounds from G. acuta and investigated their activity against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced apoptosis of H9c2 cells using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) method. The levels of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), and glutamate-cysteine ligase catalytic (GCLC) expression were assessed using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Protein expression was evaluated using western blot. The results showed that all four compounds had protective effects on H9c2 cells. The transcription levels of HO-1 and GCLC significantly increased in H9c2 cells pretreated with norswertianolin (1), swetrianolin (2), demethylbellidifolin (3), and bellidifolin (4). However, compared to the model group, the transcription levels of Nrf2 were not enhanced by pretreatment with compounds 1, 2, and 4. The protein expression levels of HO-1 and GCLC in H9c2 cells were greater than that in the H2O2-treated group, and the expression of Nrf2 was not significantly changed except by swetrianolin treatment; inhibitors can reverse the protective effect by ZnPP (15 μM), BSO (10 μM), and brusatol (10 μM). The results indicated that the four compounds isolated from G. acuta inhibited the oxidative injury induced by H2O2 by activating the Nrf2/ARE pathway in H9c2 cells and provide evidence that G. acuta may be a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.