ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-160830-7
Salvianolic acid B stimulates osteogenesis in dexamethasone-treated zebrafish larvae
Luo, S.Y., Chen, J.F., Zhong, Z.G., Lv, X.H., Yang, Y.J., Zhang, J.J., Cui, L.
Date: 2016
Source: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica   37(10): 1370-1380 (Journal)
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Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Benzofurans/pharmacology*
  • Dexamethasone/toxicity*
  • Glucocorticoids/toxicity*
  • Osteogenesis/drug effects*
  • Oxidative Stress/drug effects
  • Protective Agents/pharmacology*
  • Zebrafish
PubMed: 27569393 Full text @ Acta Pharmacol. Sin.
Our previous studies show that salvianolic acid B (Sal B) promotes osteoblast differentiation and matrix mineralization. In this study, we evaluated the protective effects of Sal B on the osteogenesis in dexamethasone (Dex)-treated larval zebrafish, and elucidated the underlying mechanisms.
At 3 d post fertilization, wild-type AB zebrafish larvae or bone transgenic tg (sp7:egfp) zebrafish larvae were exposed to Sal B, Dex, or a mixture of Dex+Sal B for 6 d. Bone mineralization in AB strain larval zebrafish was assessed with alizarin red staining, and osteoblast differentiation in tg (sp7:egfp) larval zebrafish was examined with fluorescence scanning. The expression of osteoblast-specific genes in the larvae was detected using qRT-PCR assay. The levels of oxidative stress markers (ROS and MDA) in the larvae were also measured.
Exposure to Dex (5-20 μmol/L) dose-dependently decreased the bone mineralization area and integral optical density (IOD) in wild-type AB zebrafish larvae and the osteoblast fluorescence area and IOD in tg (sp7:egfp) zebrafish larvae. Exposure to Dex (10 μmol/L) significantly reduced the expression of osteoblast-specific genes, including runx2a, osteocalcin (OC), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and osterix (sp7), and increased the accumulation of ROS and MDA in the larvae. Co-exposure to Sal B (0.2-2 μmol/L) dose-dependently increased the bone mineralization area and IOD in AB zebafish larvae and osteoblast fluorescence in tg (sp7:egfp) zebrafish larvae. Co-exposure to Sal B (2 μmol/L) significantly attenuated deleterious alterations in bony tissue and oxidative stress in both Dex-treated AB zebafish larvae and tg (sp7:egfp) zebrafish larvae.
Sal B stimulates bone formation and rescues GC-caused inhibition on osteogenesis in larval zebrafish by counteracting oxidative stress and increasing the expression of osteoblast-specific genes. Thus, Sal B may have protective effects on bone loss trigged by GC.