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Abstract Title:

Anti-Neuroinflammatory Effect of Alantolactone through the Suppression of the NF-κB and MAPK Signaling Pathways.

Abstract Source:

Cells. 2019 07 18 ;8(7). Epub 2019 Jul 18. PMID: 31323885

Abstract Author(s):

Liwei Tan, Jinsheng Li, Yeye Wang, Rui Tan

Article Affiliation:

Liwei Tan


Neuroinflammation is a major cause of central nervous system (CNS) damage and can result in long-term disability and mortality. Therefore, the development of effective anti-neuroinflammatory agents for neuroprotection is vital. To our surprise, the naturally occurring molecule alantolactone (Ala) was reported to significantly inhibit tumor growth and metastasis as a result of its excellent anti-inflammatory effects. Thus, we proposed that it could also act as an anti-neuroinflammatory agent. Thus, in this study, a coculture system of BV2 cells and PC12 cells were used as an in vitro neuroinflammatory model to investigate the anti-neuroinflammatory mechanism of Ala. The results indicated that Ala downregulated the expression of proinflammatory factors by suppressing the nuclear factor kappa light-chain enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways. Further evaluation using a middle cerebral artery occlusion and reperfusion (MCAO/R) rat model supported the conclusion that Ala could (1) alleviate cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury; (2) reduce neurological deficits, cerebral infarct volume, and brain edema; and (3) attenuate the apoptosis and necrosis of neurons. In sum, Ala demonstrates anti-neuroinflammatory properties that contribute to the amelioration of CNS damage, and it could be a promising candidate for future applications in CNS injury treatment.

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