Extract of high hydrostatic pressure-treated danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) ameliorates atherosclerosis via autophagy induction

Minjeong Ko, Goo Taeg Oh, Jiyong Park, Ho Jeong Kwon

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Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) is a traditional medicinal plant widely used in Asian countries for its pharmacological activities (e.g., amelioration of cardiovascular diseases). In this study, we investigated the anti-atherosclerotic activity of raw danshen root extract prepared using high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) at 550 MPa for 5 min and hot water extraction. This method was useful for elimination of bacteria from cultured danshen plants and for better extraction yield of active principles. The HHP-treated danshen extract (HDE) inhibited proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and induced autophagy that was assessed by LC3 conversion and p62 degradation. HDE suppressed foam cell formation in oxLDL-induced RAW264.7 macrophages; lysosomal activity simultaneously increased, measured by acridine orange staining. HDE also reduced atherosclerotic plaque development in vivo in apolipoprotein E knock-out (ApoE-/-) mice fed a high cholesterol diet. Taken together, these results indicated that HDE exhibited anti-atherosclerotic activity via autophagy induction. [BMB Reports 2020; 53(12): 652-657]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-657
Number of pages6
JournalBMB Reports
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2020

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the National Research Foundation of Korea, funded by the Korean government (MSIP; 2015K1A1A2028365, 2015M3A9B6027818, 2016K2A9A1A03 904900, 2018M3A9C4076477), the Brain Korea 21Plus Project in the Republic of Korea, and ICONS (Institute of Convergence Science), Yonsei University.

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© 2020. The Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. All Rights Reserved.


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Autophagy
  • Cryptotanshinone
  • High hydrostatic pressure
  • Salvia miltiorrhiza


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