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Benazepril hydrochloride protects against doxorubicin cardiotoxicity by regulating the PI3K/Akt pathway

  • Authors:
    • Lan Zhan
    • Xiangxiu Wang
    • Yanjing Zhang
    • Guonian Zhu
    • Yu Ding
    • Xuemei Chen
    • Wei Jiang
    • Sisi Wu
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  • Published online on: July 29, 2021
  • Article Number: 1082
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Doxorubicin (DOX) stimulates the generation of reactive oxygen species, thereby impairing mitochondrial functions. Angiotensin‑converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) have been identified to exhibit protective effects on cardiovascular diseases. The present study aimed to test the hypothesis that an ACEI benazepril hydrochloride (HCl) may protect against DOX‑induced cardiotoxicity. The DOX injury model was established using rat embryonic cardiac myoblast cells (H9c2 cell line) treated with DOX in vitro. H9c2 cells were treated with benazepril‑HCl, DOX or a mixture of DOX and benazepril‑HCl to measure the activities of myocardial enzymes including lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase, in addition to the concentration of malondialdehyde in the culture medium. Cells without any treatment were used as a control. DOX treatment increased the levels of activity of myocardial enzymes in H9c2 cells compared with those in the untreated control cells. Additionally, co‑treatment with benazepril‑HCl significantly reduced the levels of apoptosis occurring due to DOX‑mediated cellular damage. The mechanistic experiment revealed that pretreatment with benazepril‑HCl counteracted the DOX‑induced oxidative stress and suppressed the activation of apoptosis via the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway. By contrast, an Akt inhibitor (MK2206) inhibited the protective effects of benazepril‑HCl against DOX‑induced H9c2 cell injury, as revealed by increased LDH release in H9c2 cells. These results suggested that benazepril‑HCl may potentially be administered as an adjuvant for DOX in long‑term clinical use.


Doxorubicin (DOX), an anthracycline chemotherapeutic drug, is one of the most potent, effective and commonly used anticancer chemotherapeutics (1). However, its clinical use is hampered due to its acute and chronic cardiotoxic effects, as long-term use of DOX can result in left ventricular dysfunction and ultimately heart failure (2,3). Previous studies have revealed that DOX treatment leads to excess free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the myocardium (4,5). These radicals induce potential redox-associated damage through both enzymatic and non-enzymatic pathways (6). Lipid peroxidation is induced by DOX-generated free radicals, which eventually leads to cell membrane damage (7). Additionally, mitochondrial damage, increase in Ca2+ currents with subsequent sarcoplasmic reticulum dysfunction and decreased activity of Na/K-ATPase have been implicated in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity (8,9). Morphological alterations in DOX-treated myocardium primarily include myofibrillar loss, dilatation of the sarcoplasmic reticulum and swollen mitochondria (10). Destruction of the generated ROS by antioxidants has been demonstrated to induce protective effects against DOX-induced cardiomyopathy (11). For example, antioxidants such as Bombyx mori, benazepril and quercetin have been used to protect against DOX-induced cardiotoxicity in previous studies (12,13).

Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs), including zofenopril (14), lisinopril (15), enalapril (16) and dexrazoxane (17), have been proposed as another potential preventive strategy for DOX-induced cardiac dysfunction and injury. In rats treated with short- or long-term DOX, co-administration of ACEIs haa been reported to restore their cardiac function (18). In addition, in rats and mice suffering from pathological cardiovascular conditions (such as spontaneous hypertension, cardiomyopathy, diastolic heart failure or myocardial infarction) as a result of experimental autoimmune myocarditis, DOX treatment, hyperglycemia, inhibition of the renin-angiotensin system by ACEIs or angiotensin receptor blockers results in a decrease in the expression levels of NADPH oxidase (Nox) subunits p22phox, Nox2, p47phox and p67phox (19).

Benazepril (brand name Lotensin) is an ACEI and has been used for the treatment of congestive heart failure, hypertension and chronic renal failure (20,21). A number of studies have confirmed that benazepril protects against DOX-induced renal dysfunction (22-24). However, to the best of our knowledge, there are currently no studies on the role of benazepril in DOX-induced cardiac toxicity. Since DOX toxicity is mainly associated with the heart, the present study aims to explore the potential beneficial effects and mechanisms of benazepril hydrochloride (HCl) for DOX-induced cardiotoxicity in rat embryonic cardiac myoblast (H9c2) cells, which may provide the clinical foundation for the use of benazepril along with DOX to alleviate DOX-induced cardiotoxicity.

Materials and methods

Chemicals and reagents

Benazepril-HCl (cat. no. S1284; Selleck Chemicals) was dissolved in DMSO to obtain a solution of 10 mM. The purity was determined to be >99% by high performance liquid chromatography. DOX (cat. no. 25316-40-9; MilliporeSigma) was dissolved in saline to generate a stock solution of 100 µM and was diluted to a final concentration of 2 µM for all experiments unless otherwise specified. The Akt inhibitor MK2206 was purchased from MedChemExpress (cat. no. HY-108232).

Cell culture

Rat H9c2 cells were obtained from The Cell Bank of Type Culture Collection of The Chinese Academy of Sciences. Cells were cultured in DMEM-high glucose medium supplemented with 10% FBS (both Gibco; Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.) and antibiotics (1% penicillin/streptomycin) at 37˚C in 5% CO2 and 95% O2 with saturated humidity.

Total RNA extraction and reverse transcription-quantitative PCR

Total RNA was isolated from the H9c2 cells using the TRIzol® reagent (cat. no. 15596026; Invitrogen; Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.) according to the manufacturer's instructions. The iScript™ RT Supermix (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.) was used to produce cDNA. The reverse transcription reaction mix was added to 2 µg total RNA and incubated at 25˚C for 5 min for priming, at 46˚C for 20 min for reverse transcription, and then inactivated for 1 min at 95˚C. SYBR-Green master mix (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.) was used for Quantitative real-time PCR reactions, which were performed as follows: 30 sec at 95˚C, and 40 cycles of 95˚C for 5 sec and 60˚C for 30 sec. The mRNA expression of the ACE gene was determined using the 2-ΔΔCq method (25). β-actin was used as an internal reference. The specific primer sequences used were as follows: ACE forward, 5'-GCCTCCCAACGAGTTAGAAGAG-3' and reverse, 5'-CGGGACGTGGCCATTATATT-3' (19); β-actin forward, 5'-TGCCTGACGGTCAGGTCA-3' and reverse, 5'-CAGGAAGGAAGGCTGGAAG-3'. The primers were synthesized by Chengdu TsingKe Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

Cell viability assay and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release

The viability of H9c2 cells was measured using Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8; Dojindo Molecular Technologies, Inc.). Briefly, H9c2 cells were seeded into a 96-well plate with each well containing 5,000 cells/100 µl and pre-incubated at 37˚C with 5% CO2 for 24 h. Cells were pretreated with benazepril-HCl at different concentrations (10 and 100 nM, 1, 10 and 100 µM) for 1 h at 37˚C, followed by treatment with DOX (2 µM) for 24 h at 37˚C. After treatment, 10 µl of CCK-8 solution was added for incubation at 37˚C for 2 h. Absorbance at 450 nm was read using a microplate reader (BioTek Instruments, Inc.). The average optical density (OD) of five wells for each group was measured to determine the percentage of viable cells: % Of viable cells=mean OD after treatment/mean OD of controls x100.

H9c2 cells were plated 2x105 cell/ml in a 90-mm dish, treated with 0.1% DMSO (control group) or benazepril-HCl (1 µM) for 1 h at 37˚C, and cultured in the presence or absence of DOX (2 µM) for an additional 24 h at 37 ˚C. The medium was collected by centrifugation at 500 x g for 5 min at room temperature. The LDH release was measured in the cell medium using an LDH assay kit (cat. no. A020-2-2; Nanjing Jiancheng Bioengineering Institute). LDH activity was presented as units per liter. The level of LDH activity was calculated using the formula: LDH Activity=[amount (nmol) of NADH generated/min]/[volume of supernatant used (ml)] x sample dilution factor.

Assessment of H9c2 apoptosis

Apoptosis was evaluated by flow cytometry with an Annexin V-APC/7-AAD Apoptosis Detection kit (cat. no. 640930; BioLegend, Inc.). Cells were washed with PBS twice and resuspended in 100 µl 1X annexin-binding buffer at a concentration of 1x106 cells/ml. Each 100 µl cell solution was incubated with 5 µl annexin V-APC and 1 µl 7-AAD (1 µM) at 37˚C in a CO2 incubator for 15 min. Following the addition of 400 µl 1X annexin-binding buffer into each solution, cells were analyzed by a FACS Aria SORP (BD Biosciences). The average early and late apoptotic percentage of cells was determined with three repeats, which were analyzed using BD CellQuest Pro software version 5.2.1 (Becton-Dickinson and Company).

Measurement of mitochondrial ROS

The ROS level was detected with a fluorescent probe 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA; cat. no. C6827; Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.) in H9c2 cells as previously described (23). Briefly, H9c2 cells were treated with vehicle or DOX (2 µM) in the presence or absence of benazepril-HCl (1 µM for 1 h prior to DOX exposure) for 24 h at 37˚C and rinsed with PBS. Subsequently, the cells were incubated for 1 h at 37˚C with 10 µM DCFH-DA in PBS. After washing twice with PBS to remove extracellular DCFH-DA, images were captured at room temperature using a Zeiss OBSERVER D1/AX10 cam (Carl Zeiss AG). Fluorescence intensity was measured using a microplate reader (Synergy Mx; BioTek Instruments, Inc.) at 488 nm excitation and 525 nm emission wavelengths.

Analysis of malondialdehyde (MDA) content and superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activities

H9c2 cells were harvested using a RIPA lysis buffer (cat. no. P0013K; Beyotime Institute of Biotechnology) and centrifuged at 12,000 x g for 10 min at 4˚C. The supernatants were used to assess the concentration of MDA (cat. no. S0131S; Beyotime Biotechnology) and the activities of SOD (cat. no. S0101), CAT (cat. no. S0051) and GSH-Px (cat. no. S0056) (all from Beyotime Institute of Biotechnology) using the corresponding detection kits. All samples were immediately analyzed or frozen at -80˚C for up to one month. The total protein amount was determined by a BCA protein assay kit (Beyotime Institute of Biotechnology). The level of MDA was expressed as nmol/mg protein. The activity levels of SOD, CAT and GSH-Px were expressed as U/mg protein by normalizing against the total protein concentration in each sample.

Western blotting

H9c2 cells were seeded in 6-cm dishes preincubated in a humidified incubator at 37˚C with 5% CO2 for 24 h. The cells were pretreated with an Akt inhibitor MK2206 (1 µM) for 30 min and incubated with benazepril-HCl (1 µM) for 1 h at 37˚C, followed by DOX (2 µM) for 24 h at 37˚C. Cells treated with DOX and/or benazepril-HCl were obtained, washed with PBS and lysed in RIPA lysis buffer containing a 1X phosphatase and protease inhibitor cocktail (Roche Molecular Diagnostics) for 30 min on ice. Protein concentrations were determined using a BCA kit (cat. no. P0009; Beyotime Institute of Biotechnology). Samples containing 40 µg protein were boiled in 1X loading buffer (0.05 M Tris-HCl, 0.1 M DTT, 70 mM SDS, 1.5 mM bromophenol blue and 1.0 M glycerol) for 5 min. Then, equal amounts of protein (40 µg/lane protein) were separated by 12% SDS-PAGE, and electroblotted onto PVDF membranes (MilliporeSigma). The membranes were blocked with a blocking buffer [5% (w/v) non-fat milk powder in Tris-buffered saline with 0.1% Tween-20 (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.) (TBST)] for 1 h at room temperature, and incubated overnight with primary antibodies at 4˚C. Following washing by TBST, the membranes were incubated with secondary antibodies for 1 h at room temperature, followed by three additional TBST washes. Primary antibodies against GAPDH (1:2,000; cat. no. sc-32233), total Akt (1:1,000; cat. no. sc-81434) and phosphorylated (p)-Akt (Ser473; 1:1,000; cat. no. sc-293125) were obtained from Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., and the anti-mouse (1:5,000; TA130003) or anti-rabbit (1:5,000; TA130024) HRP-conjugated secondary antibodies were supplied by OriGene Technologies, Inc.. The protein bands were visualized using an enhanced chemiluminescence reagent (MilliporeSigma) using Image Lab Software 6.0.1 (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.).

Statistical analysis

Data are presented as the mean ± SEM and were analyzed using GraphPad Prism 6 (GraphPad Software, Inc.). Comparisons among different groups were performed using one-way ANOVA followed by Tukey's post hoc test. P<0.05 was considered to indicate a statistically significant difference.


DOX increases ACE mRNA expression levels

The expression levels of ACE mRNA were significantly increased in DOX-treated H9c2 cardiomyocytes compared with those in the control cells (P<0.01). However, treatment with benazepril-HCl and benazepril-HCl + DOX resulted in a significant decrease in the ACE mRNA expression levels compared with those in the DOX-treated group (P<0.01; Fig. 1).

Effects of DOX and benazepril-HCl on H9c2 cell viability and LDH release

The CCK-8 assay results revealed that DOX treatment (2 µM; 24 h) significantly decreased H9c2 cell viability compared with that of the control group by 56.3±3.6% (P<0.01; Fig. 2A). Pretreatment with benazepril-HCl at 10 and 100 nM did not increase the viability of DOX-treated cells (P>0.05), whereas pretreatment with 1 µM benazepril-HCl significantly enhanced cell viability by 34.2±4.2% (P<0.01) compared with that in the DOX-treated group. The concentrations of benazepril-HCl >1 µM did not provide an additional cytoprotective effect compared with that observed with 1 µM (P>0.05). These results suggested that benazepril-HCl at 1 µM may protect cardiomyocytes from DOX-induced proliferation inhibition. Consequently, 1 µM benazepril-HCl was used in subsequent experiments.

As presented in Fig. 2B, the level of LDH release in the supernatants of DOX-treated H9c2 cells was significantly increased (~189%) compared with that in the control group (P<0.01), and that of the benazepril-HCL + DOX treatment group was significantly decreased 24.6% (P<0.05) compared with the DOX treatment group.

Benazepril-HCl protects H9c2 cells against DOX-induced apoptosis

As presented in Fig. 3, DOX treatment (2 µM; 24 h) resulted in a significant increase in the apoptotic rate compared with that in the control group (45.5±4.82 compared with 8.6±1.21; P<0.01). However, benazepril-HCL pretreatment significantly decreased DOX-induced apoptosis to 25.8±2.1 (P<0.05) compared with that in the DOX treatment group. These results suggested that benazepril-HCl reduced the DOX-induced apoptosis in H9c2 cells.

Effects of benazepril-HCl on DOX-induced oxidative stress in H9c2 cells

DOX-induced ROS production within the mitochondrial respiratory chain is considered a primary contributor to H9c2 cell death (26). To assess whether the DOX-induced oxidative stress may be mitigated by pretreatment with benazepril-HCl, cellular ROS levels were measured in cells treated with benazepril-HCl, DOX or benazepril-HCl + DOX stained with 10 µM DCFH-DA. As presented in Fig. 4A, the DCF fluorescence intensity was markedly increased by exposure to DOX in the absence of benazepril-HCl compared with that in the control group, indicating that DOX induced oxidative stress in H9c2 cells. However, pretreatment with benazepril-HCl significantly reduced DOX-induced intracellular ROS concentrations (Fig. 4B).

CAT, GSH-Px, SOD and MDA are commonly used as key biomarkers for oxidative stress and their changes are widely used as indicators of oxidative injury (27). The levels of these markers were measured to assess whether the DOX-induced metabolic imbalances in myocardial cells may be improved by pretreatment with benazepril-HCl. In comparison with the controls, CAT, SOD and GSH-Px activity levels were significantly reduced in DOX-treated H9c2 cells, whereas the MDA level was significantly increased (all P<0.01). Compared with those in the DOX-treated group, following pretreatment with benazepril-HCl, cardiac CAT, SOD and GSH-Px activity levels were significantly enhanced and the MDA levels were significantly decreased (P<0.01; Fig. 4C-F). These results suggested that benazepril-HCl prevented DOX-induced oxidative stress in cardiac cells.

Benazepril-HCl alleviates DOX-induced cardiomyocyte injury via PI3K/Akt signaling

The expression levels of proteins associated with the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway were determined by western blotting. As presented in Fig. 5A and B, the Akt phosphorylation levels were significantly reduced by DOX compared with those in the control group (P<0.01). However, benazepril-HCl + DOX significantly recovered the phosphorylation levels of Akt compared with those in the DOX-treated group (P<0.05; Fig. 5A and B). Furthermore, MK2206, an Akt inhibitor, was used to reveal whether the PI3K/Akt pathway mediated the protective effect of benazepril-HCl on DOX-induced cardiomyocyte injury. MK2206 supplementation (benazepril-HCl + MK2206 + DOX group) inhibited Akt phosphorylation (P<0.05, Fig. 5C and D) and reduced cell viability (P<0.01, Fig. 5E) significantly, compared with those in the Benazepril + DOX treated group. In addition, LDH release was significantly increased after cells were incubated with MK2206 (benazepril-HCl + MK2206 + DOX group) compared with that in the benazepril-HCl + DOX group (P<0.05; Fig. 5F). These results suggested that the protective effects of benazepril-HCl on DOX-induced cardiotoxicity may be due to a reduction in oxidative stress and the activation of the PI3k/Akt signaling.


The present study aimed to investigate the protective roles and underlying mechanisms of benazepril-HCl on DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. The results indicated that pretreatment with benazepril-HCl of H9c2 cells alleviated DOX-induced oxidative stress, reduced the cardiomyocyte apoptosis and attenuated DOX-induced cardiotoxicity, suggesting that the use of benazepril-HCl may be a potential therapeutic approach to assist in the prevention of DOX-induced cardiotoxicity.

Anthracyclines, including DOX, are highly effective anticancer therapeutics; however, DOX-induced cardiac toxicity is a notable side effect of its long-term clinical use for anticancer treatment (28). Therefore, reducing DOX-induced cardiomyopathy is needed for the clinical success of this anticancer chemotherapy, which has been a challenge for pharmacologists and oncologists. Accumulating evidence has demonstrated the potential protective effects of ACEIs on the heart (29-32). In particular, the protective function of benazepril-HCl against heart failure has been confirmed in an isoproterenol-induced chronic heart failure model via amelioration of hypertrophy and dysfunction of heart ventricles (33,34). Additionally, alleviation of myocardial injury induced by ischemia and ventricular arrhythmia by benazepril-HCl has also been demonstrated (35). Furthermore, benazepril-HCl inhibits ventricular remodeling, myocardial hypertrophy and cardiac fibrosis in spontaneously hypertensive rats (36). Its anti-inflammatory activity prevents myocardial injury during septic shock, and its protective effect against aldosterone-induced myocardial injury has been identified to be similar to aldosterone inhibitors such as spironolactone and eplerenone (37).

The results of the present study revealed that the administration of benazepril-HCl at a dose of 1 µM improved the viability of DOX-treated H9c2 cells. DOX treatment has been previously reported to increase the release of LDH from myocardial tissues (36). LDH has been demonstrated to be important for the diagnosis of DOX-induced myocardial cardiotoxicity (37). The present study revealed an increased level of LDH in the culture medium of DOX-treated H9c2 cells, whereas the LDH release was significantly inhibited in H9c2 cells treated by a combination of benazepril-HCL and DOX. These results indicated the protective role of benazepril-HCl against DOX-induced cardiotoxicity in H9c2 cells.

Despite the lack of understanding of the primary mechanism for DOX-induced cardiotoxicity, apoptosis of cardiomyocytes may serve a notable part in the side effects of DOX (38). The results of the present study confirmed a high level of apoptosis in DOX-treated H9c2 cells, whereas the apoptotic rate was significantly reduced in cells pretreated with benazepril-HCl compared with that in the cells treated with DOX alone. Therefore, the inhibition of cardiomyocyte apoptosis by pretreatment with benazepril-HCl may contribute to the alleviation of DOX-induced cardiotoxicity.

A high level of free radicals is an important contributor to DOX-induced cardiotoxicity (39). After DOX enters cardiomyocytes, it is reduced by mitochondrial enzymes into its semiquinone form, which produces ROS, including superoxide anion, hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl radicals (37,40). In comparison with other organs in mammalian species, the heart contains a lower concentration of enzymes, such as SOD, CAT and GSH-Px, for attenuating ROS toxicity and protecting against oxidative stress (8). Therefore, the heart is a primary organ associated with DOX-induced toxicity. In addition to the generation of damaging free radicals, endogenous antioxidant levels are also decreased by DOX, which may result in cardiomyocyte apoptosis (41). The results of the present study demonstrated that DOX decreased the expression levels of SOD, CAT and GSH-Px and increased cardiomyocyte apoptosis, which were consistent with previous studies (41,42).

Due to of the occurence of oxidative stress after DOX treatment, antioxidant administration in combination with DOX may attenuate DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. Benazepril-HCl exhibits antioxidant properties that have been confirmed by its neuroprotective effects on intracerebral hemorrhage, excitotoxicity and diabetes-associated cognitive deficits, as well as its effects against melanoma, renal ischemia-reperfusion injury and pulmonary hypertension (43-45). The present study demonstrated that benazepril-HCl pretreatment reduced the levels of SOD, CAT and GSH-Px in DOX-treated H9c2 cells and decreased the DOX-induced ROS concentration in H9c2 cells. These results suggested that benazepril-HCl pretreatment may protect H9c2 cells from DOX-induced cardiotoxicity by decreasing oxidative stress.

Several previous studies have provided evidence that DOX-induced cardiac dysfunction is associated with reduced p-Akt/Akt levels (46-48). In addition, certain cadioprotective agents, such as neuregulin-1β and insulin-like growth factor-1, protect against DOX-induced cardiotoxicity by regulating the Akt-dependent signaling pathway (49,50). The results of the present study revealed that pretreatment with benazepril-HCl significantly increased the phosphorylation of Akt. These results suggested that the protective effects of benazepril-HCl on DOX-induced cardiotoxicity may be due to a reduction in oxidative stress and the activation of the PI3k/Akt signaling. Furthermore, pretreatment with benazepril-HCl significantly enhanced the phosphorylation of Akt. Akt phosphorylation and LDH release in H9c2 cells pretreated with benazepril-HCl were significantly inhibited by an Akt inhibitor MK2206. These results suggested that the protective effects of benazepril-HCl on DOX-induced cardiotoxicity may be due to a reduction in oxidative stress and the activation of the PI3k/Akt signaling.

The present study focused on the protction of benazepril against DOX-induced cardiotoxicity in H9c2 cells but not in animals. Although H9c2 cell line cells are special clonal cardiomyoblasts that have a number of cardiomyocyte characteristics, increasing evidence suggests that there may be differences between H9c2 cell experiments in vitro and animal models in vivo (51,52). Thus, further studies in an animal model are needed to confirm the pharmacological antagonism of benazepril against DOX-induced cardiomyopathy.

In conclusion, in the present study, H9c2 cells were protected from DOX-induced cardiotoxicity by pretreatment with benazepril-HCl. This protection may be mediated by decreasing oxidative stress, reducing apoptosis and inducing alterations in the myocardial architecture. The present study supported the clinical benefits of co-administration of benazepril-HCl with DOX to reduce the risk of DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. However, further research is required to increase the understanding of the mechanisms of inhibition of oxidative stress and to confirm whether the administration of benazepril-HCl in combination with or before DOX treatment may interfere with the antitumor activity of DOX.


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Funding: This work was supported by The National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant nos. 81870221, 81670249, 31271226 and 31071001).

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Authors' contributions

LZ conducted the experiments, collected the data and drafted the manuscript. XW obtained materials and conducted analysis. YZ acquired and analyzed data, provided general administrative support and confirmed the authenticity of all the raw data. GZ performed cell apoptosis examination and interpreted the data. YD and XC performed and analyzed the western blotting. WJ provided ideas, interpreted data, acquired funding and revised the manuscript. SW obtained materials, conducted analaysis, was a major contributor in writing the manuscript, and confirmed the authenticity of all the raw data. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.

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Zhan L, Wang X, Zhang Y, Zhu G, Ding Y, Chen X, Jiang W and Wu S: Benazepril hydrochloride protects against doxorubicin cardiotoxicity by regulating the PI3K/Akt pathway. Exp Ther Med 22: 1082, 2021
Zhan, L., Wang, X., Zhang, Y., Zhu, G., Ding, Y., Chen, X. ... Wu, S. (2021). Benazepril hydrochloride protects against doxorubicin cardiotoxicity by regulating the PI3K/Akt pathway. Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 22, 1082.
Zhan, L., Wang, X., Zhang, Y., Zhu, G., Ding, Y., Chen, X., Jiang, W., Wu, S."Benazepril hydrochloride protects against doxorubicin cardiotoxicity by regulating the PI3K/Akt pathway". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 22.4 (2021): 1082.
Zhan, L., Wang, X., Zhang, Y., Zhu, G., Ding, Y., Chen, X., Jiang, W., Wu, S."Benazepril hydrochloride protects against doxorubicin cardiotoxicity by regulating the PI3K/Akt pathway". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 22, no. 4 (2021): 1082.