Cardioprotective Effects of Natural Products via the Nrf2 Signaling Pathway

Author(s): Rasool Tavakoli, Jamshid Tabeshpour, Javad Asili, Abolfazl Shakeri*, Amirhossein Sahebkar*

Journal Name: Current Vascular Pharmacology

Volume 19 , Issue 5 , 2021


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Due to its poor regenerative capacity, the heart is specifically vulnerable to xenobiotic- induced cardiotoxicity, myocardial ischaemia/reperfusion injury and other pathologies. Nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is considered as an essential factor in protecting cardiomyocytes against oxidative stress resulting from free radicals and reactive oxygen species. It also serves as a key regulator of antioxidant enzyme expression via the antioxidant response element, a cis-regulatory element, which is found in the promoter region of several genes encoding detoxification enzymes and cytoprotective proteins. It has been reported that a variety of natural products are capable of activating Nrf2 expression, and in this way, increase the antioxidant potential of cardiomyocytes. In the present review, we consider the cardioprotective activities of natural products and their possible therapeutic potential.

Keywords: Natural products, Antioxidant, Cardioprotective, Nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2, Anti-apoptotic, Cardiovascular diseases.

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VOLUME: 19
ISSUE: 5
Year: 2021
Published on: 03 November, 2020
Page: [525 - 541]
Pages: 17
DOI: 10.2174/1570161119999201103191242
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