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Signaling through the Janus kinase/signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK/STAT) pathway, especially JAK2/STAT3, is involved in renal fibrosis. Fluorofenidone (FD), a novel pyridone agent, exerts anti-fibrotic effects in vitro and in vivo. Herein, we sought to investigate whether FD demonstrates its inhibitory function through preventing(More)
Pyridone compounds, such as pirfenidone (PFD) and fluorofenidone (AKF-PD), are multi-target anti-fibrotic agents. Using PFD and AKF-PD as the leading compounds, two series of novel (5-substituent)-2(1H)-pyridone compounds were synthesized with the purpose of maintaining multi-targeting property and overcoming the drawbacks of fast metabolism. These(More)
OBJECTIVES IL-1beta is a potent proinflammatory, pro-fibrogenetic and pro-athrosclerosis cytokine which has been shown to play an important role in an expanding number of noninfectious, chronic inflammatory conditions including cardiovascular disease, renal fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis and even type 2 diabetes. Losartan is an angiotensin II receptor(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of rosuvastatin on atherosclerosis in apoE-knockout (apoE-/-) mice. METHODS Eighteen 6-week-old apoE-/- mice fed with high fat diet were used as atherosclerosis models, twelve 6-week-old C57BL/6 mice fed with normal diet were used as control. After twelve weeks, six apoE-/- mice were used to observe the formation of(More)
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