Protective effect of suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid against lipopolysaccharide-induced liver damage in rodents

Yili Zhao, Peter Zhou, Baoling Liu, Ted Bambakidis, Ralph Mazitschek, Hasan B. Alam*, Yongqing Li

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Background Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) has a deleterious effect on several organs, including the liver, and eventually leads to endotoxic shock and death. LPS-induced hepatotoxicity is characterized by disturbed intracellular redox balance and excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation, leading to liver injury. We have shown that treatment with suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA), a histone deacetylase inhibitor, improves survival in a murine model of LPS-induced shock, but the protective effect of SAHA against liver damage remains unknown. The goal of this study was to investigate the mechanism underlying SAHA action in murine livers. Method Male C57BL/6J mice (6-8 wk), weighing 20-25 g, were randomly divided into three groups: (A) a sham group was given isotonic sodium chloride solution (10 μL/g body weight, intraperitoneal, i.p.) with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO; 1 μL/g body weight, i.p.); (B) an LPS group was challenged with LPS (20 mg/kg, i.p.) dissolved in isotonic sodium chloride solution with DMSO; (C) and an LPS plus SAHA group was treated with SAHA (50 mg/kg, i.p.) dissolved in DMSO immediately after injection of LPS (20 mg/kg, i.p.). Mice were anesthetized, and their livers were harvested 6 or 24 h after injection to analyze whether SAHA affected production of ROS and activation of apoptotic proteins in the liver cells of challenged mice. Results SAHA counteracted LPS-induced production of ROS (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances and nitrite) and reversed an LPS-induced decrease in antioxidant enzyme, glutathione. SAHA also attenuated LPS-induced hepatic apoptosis. Moreover, SAHA inhibited activation of the redox-sensitive kinase, apoptosis signal-regulating kinase-1, and the mitogen-activated protein kinases, p38 and Jun N-terminal kinase. Conclusions Our data indicate, for the first time, that SAHA is capable of alleviating LPS-induced hepatotoxicity and suggest that a blockade of the upstream events required for apoptosis signal-regulating kinase-1 action may serve as a new therapeutic option in the treatment of LPS-induced inflammatory conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)544-550
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Apoptosis
  • Histone deacetylase inhibitor
  • Inflammation
  • Liver
  • LPS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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