Lithospermic acid B (LAB), an active component of danshen, is known to inhibit the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and has pharmacological activity scavenging free radicals in VSMCs. However, the precise mechanism through which LAB exerts its antiproliferative effect is unclear. Therefore, we investigated how LAB regulates cellular proliferation in primary cultured rat VSMCs. Using fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-conjugated LAB to track its cellular localization, we show that LAB localizes to the nucleus, specifically to the nucleolus, where it binds to histone H3, leading to the inhibition of the platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced phosphorylation of histone H3. LAB also only moves into the nucleus during the normal expression of nonmuscle myosin heavy chain (NMHC-IIA), which is associated with LAB in VSMCs. Notably, LAB suppressed the PDGF-induced phosphorylation of Akt and the expression of cyclin D2 in the presence of NMHC-IIA expression. Knockdown of NMHC-IIA expression impeded the function of LAB, which was then unable to inhibit the PDGF-induced proliferation of VSMCs. We conclude that LAB modulates the PDGF-induced proliferation of VSMCs by interacting with NMHC-IIA, which allows LAB to localize in the nucleus and to suppress the PDGF-induced proliferation of VSMCs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Medicine
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry