Abstract Title:

Anti-inflammatory action of methanol extract of Carthamus tinctorius involves in heme oxygenase-1 induction.

Abstract Source:

J Ethnopharmacol. 2011 Jan 27 ;133(2):524-30. Epub 2010 Oct 20. PMID: 20969944

Abstract Author(s):

Min Soo Jun, Yu Mi Ha, Hee Sook Kim, Hwa Jin Jang, Young Min Kim, Young Soo Lee, Hye Jung Kim, Han Geuk Seo, Jae Heun Lee, Seung Ho Lee, Ki Churl Chang

Article Affiliation:

Min Soo Jun


ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The methanol extracts of Carthamus tinctorius (MEC) have long been used in traditional medicine as anti-inflammatory agent, however, the molecular mechanism by which MEC shows anti-inflammatory action is not investigated.

AIM OF THE STUDY: Induction of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) by many medicinal herbs has been reported excellent anti-inflammatory action. Thus, the aim of the study is to explore whether anti-inflammatory action of MEC is related with HO-1 induction in RAW 264.7 cells.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study was designed to investigate as to MEC induces HO-1 expression so that it reduces inflammation by suppression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression in cells activated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS).

RESULTS: Expression of HO-1 protein by MEC in macrophages was increased in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. Treatment with MEC significantly inhibited upregulation of both iNOS and COX-2 in LPS-activated macrophages and consequently reduced production of NO and PGE(2), respectively. The reduced expression of iNOS and COX-2 by MEC was reversed by siHO-1 RNA transfection. In addition, NF-E2-related factor (Nrf2) was translocated from cytosol to nucleus by MEC. The binding of NF-κB as well as NF-κB luciferase activity was also significantly diminished by MEC. Finally, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-mediated VCAM-1 expression in endothelial cell was significantly inhibited by MEC.

CONCLUSIONS: The present results show that MEC induces HO-1 expression via Nrf2 translocation and inhibits NF-κB activity, which may be responsible for anti-inflammatory action. Therefore, we propose that anti-inflammatory action of MEC involves at least HO-1 induction.

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