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Withaferin A promotes proliferation and migration of brain endothelial cells


Tong Li
Shan Jiang
Zi-Jun Wang
Li-An Huang

Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the effect of withaferin A (WFA) on the proliferation and migration of brain endothelial cells.
Methods: BALB-5023 mouse microvascular cells were treated with a range of withaferin A (WFA) concentrations from 10 to 100 ng/mL. Dojindo’s CCK-8 cell proliferation kit was used for the analysis of cell proliferation. Transwell cell culture inserts were used to determine the migration potential of WFAtreated endothelial cells. Absorbance was measured at 450 nm on an enzyme-linked immunosorbent
(ELISA) reader.
Results: The results revealed a significant increase in the proliferation and migration of endothelial cells following treatment with a low concentration (30 ng/mL) of WFA compared with the higher concentration (> 10 ng/mL). The effect was further  enhanced when WFA was used in combination with soluble Fas ligand (sFasL). Autocrine signaling of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) by endothelial cells
was significantly increased following treatment with WFA or in combination with  sFasL. WFA increased the expression of Fas on endothelial cells, suggesting the involvement of sFasL in the proliferation and migration of brain endothelial cells.
Conclusion: Thus, WFA promotes the proliferation and migration of endothelial cells through increase in the expression of Fas and secretion of VEGF.

Keywords: Endothelial cells, Vascular endothelial growth factor, Microvascular, Vascular disease, Withaferin A

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