Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics

, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 333–336 | Cite as

The Attenuation of Lung Ischemia Reperfusion Injury by Oxymatrine

  • Bing ZhuEmail author
  • Jian-Ru Yang
  • Shi-Feng Chen
  • Yue Quan Jiang
Original Paper


To investigate the protective effects of oxymatrine (OMT) on lung ischemia reperfusion injury (LIRI) in rabbits, models of LIRI in rabbit were used. Thirty-two rabbits were randomly divided into four groups: control group (n = 8), ischemia reperfusion group (I/R group, n = 8), OMTl group (n = 8), OMT2 group (n = 8). Lung tissue samples were collected at 40, 80, 120 min time-points after lung ischemia reperfusion. TNF-α, 1I-8, IL-10, apoptosis index (AI), and index of quantitative assessment of histologic lung injury (IQA) were measured in each group. TNF-α and IL-8 in I/R group were significantly higher than those of the control group and OMT2 group (P < 0.01), but in OMT2 group they were significantly lower than those of OMTl group (P < 0.05). IL-10 in OMT2 group and OMTl group was significantly higher than that of I/R group (P < 0.01). But in OMTl group it was significantly lower than that of OMT2 group (P < 0.05). AI in I/R group was significantly higher than that of OMT2 group and the control group at 80 min after lung ischemia reperfusion (P < 0.01). IQA in OMTl group and OMT2 group was significantly lower than that of the I/R group (P < 0.01). Oxymatrine can protect against LIRI in rabbits by upregulating levels of IL-10 and downregulating levels of TNF-α and IL-8, inhibiting the alveolar cells apoptosis and inflammatory response, and attenuating the acute LIRI.


Lung ischemia reperfusion injury Oxymatrine TNF-α IL-8 IL-10 



This study was supported by the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (Grant No. 30471984), the Foundation of Bureau of Public Health of Chongqing (Grants 06-2-001, 06-B-26 and 2010-2-127), and the project Innovation of Science and Technology, Chongqing Science and Technology Commission (Project No. cstc2013jcyjA10108).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bing Zhu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jian-Ru Yang
    • 2
  • Shi-Feng Chen
    • 1
  • Yue Quan Jiang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Second Affiliated HospitalChongqing Medical UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.Central LaboratoryNo. 6 Hospital of HandanHandanChina

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