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The effect of resveratrol on expression of matrix metalloproteinase 9 and its tissue inhibitors in vascular smooth muscle cells

Effat Farrokhi, Keihan Ghatreh-Samani, Najmeh Salehi-Vanani, Amin Mahmoodi

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22122/arya.v1i1.1484


BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) is involved in extracellular matrix degradation and remodeling. An increase in MMP-9 expression by vascular component cells plays an important role in atherosclerotic plaque formation and rupture. Resveratrol, a polyphenolic substance, was suggested to play a role in preventing the progress of atherosclerotic disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of resveratrol on MMP-9 and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) after treatment with H2O2.

METHODS: Cultured VSMCs were pre-treated with 0.2 mM of H2O2 before stimulation with different concentration of resveratrol. Expression of MMP-9, TIMP-1, and TIMP-3 genes were measured using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method, and MMP-9 protein level was detected using western blot analysis.

RESULTS: Resveratrol at 120 μmol/l concentration reduced the elevated level of MMP-9 induced by H2O2 in VSMCs as 1.85 ± 0.35 folds (P < 0.05) and 8.70 ± 1.20 folds (P < 0.05) after 24 and 48 hours, respectively. Resveratrol increased the diminished level of TIMP-1 induced by H2O2 as 2.5 ± 0.48 folds following the treatment with 120 μmol/l after 48 hours (P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION: Resveratrol as an antioxidant can decrease MMP-9 production, not only by suppressing MMP-9 expression, but also by augmenting TIMP-1 production. Altogether, resveratrol as an antioxidant can regulate the MMP-9/TIMP-1 balance, and may be considered as a preservative agent in the treatment and prevention of atherosclerosis.


Matrix Metalloproteinase 9; TIMPS; Resveratrol; Vascular Smooth Muscle

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