Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 23 pp 24168—24183

Oxidative stress mediates age-related hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum by inducing inflammation, fibrosis, and apoptosis through activating Akt and MAPK pathways

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Figure 7.

Schematic diagram of signaling pathways involved in the hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum. Intracellular ROS accumulated during the aging process and after repetitive mechanical stress in vivo, and the condition was simulated by hydrogen peroxide treatment in the current study. The upregulated oxidative stress subsequently activated Akt, JNK, and p38 MAPK pathways and triggered inflammation as well as fibrosis. Accumulation of fibrotic extracellular matrices eventually resulted in hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum.