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2020 Dec

Pharmacol Res Perspect



SMTP-44D improves diabetic neuropathy symptoms in mice through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.


Shinouchi R, Shibata K, Hashimoto T, Jono S, Hasumi K, Nobe K
Pharmacol Res Perspect. 2020 Dec; 8(6):e00648.
PMID: 33215875.


Diabetic neuropathy (DN) is one of the major complications of diabetes. However, there are few approved effective therapies for painful or insensate DN. Recent studies have implicated oxidative stress and inflammation in the pathogenesis of DN, and suppressing these could be an important therapeutic strategy. We previously reported that Stachybotrys microspora triprenyl phenol-44D (SMTP-44D) exhibits both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of SMTP-44D in a mouse model of streptozotocin-induced DN. SMTP-44D was administered for 3 weeks after the disease induction, and its effects were evaluated on the basis of mechanical and thermal thresholds, blood flow in the bilateral hind paw, and blood flow and conduction velocity in the sciatic nerve. Furthermore, the levels of inflammatory factors, such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6 and malondialdehyde (MDA), in the sciatic nerve were assessed. Neurological degeneration was assessed by measuring myelin thickness and g-ratio in the sciatic nerve. SMTP-44D treatment significantly improved allodynia, hyperalgesia, blood flow, and conduction velocity in DN model mice in a dose-dependent manner. Neurological degeneration was also significantly improved, accompanied by decreased levels of inflammatory factors (TNF-α, 57.8%; IL-1β, 51.4%; IL-6, 62.8%; and MDA, 40.7% reduction rate against the diabetes mellitus + normal saline group). Thus, SMTP-44D can improve allodynia and hyperalgesia in DN without affecting the body weight and blood glucose levels, which may be due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In conclusion, SMTP-44D could be a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of DN.