Honokiol Inhibits Pathological Retinal Neovascularization in Oxygen-Induced Retinopathy Mouse Model.

Authors: Vavilala DT, O’Bryhim BE, Chaithanya Ponnaluri VK, Sid White R, Radel J, Andrew Symons RC, Mukherji M
Aberrant activation of the hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) pathway is the underlying cause of retinal neovascularization, one of the most common causes of blindness worldwide. The HIF pathway also plays critical roles during tumor angiogenesis and cancer stem cell transformation. We have recently shown that honokiol is a potent inhibitor of the HIF pathway in a number of cancer and retinal pigment epithelial cell lines. Here we evaluate the safety and efficacy of honokiol, digoxin, and doxorubicin, three recently identified HIF inhibitors from natural sources. Our studies show that honokiol has a better safety to efficacy profile as a HIF inhibitor than digoxin and…

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