Administration of spermidine attenuates concanavalin A-induced liver injury

Tatusya Ando, Daisuke Ito, Kazuya Shiogama, Yasuhiro Sakai, Masato Abe, Takayasu Ideta, Ayumu Kanbe, Masahito Shimizu, Hiroyasu Ito

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A previous study revealed that treatment with the anticoagulant heparin attenuated concanavalin A (ConA)-induced liver injury. The administration of spermidine (SPD) increased urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) levels in the serum. uPA is clinically used for the treatment of some thrombotic diseases such as cerebral infarction. Therefore, SPD may attenuate ConA-induced liver injury that is exacerbated by blood coagulation. The present study investigated the effect of SPD on liver injury in mice with autoimmune hepatopathy induced by ConA. A model of liver injury was created by intravenous injection of ConA into mice. SPD was administered in free drinking water and was biochemically and pathologically examined over time. The administration of SPD to ConA-treated mice significantly reduced liver injury. However, SPD treatment upregulated the mRNA expression of TNF-α and IFN-ϒ in the livers of ConA-treated mice. In contrast, the mRNA expression of tissue factor in the livers of SPD-treated mice was decreased after ConA injection. The frequency of lymphocytes and lymphocyte activation were not affected by SPD administration in ConA-treated mice. SPD treatment increased uPA levels in the serum and decreased the level of D-dimer in ConA-treated mice. Moreover, SPD decreased fibrin in the livers of ConA-treated mice. These results indicated that SPD treatment increased anticoagulant ability by increasing of uPA and attenuated ConA-induced liver injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-49
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Publication statusPublished - 12-03-2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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