Abstract Title:

Inhibition of intercellular adhesion in herpex simplex virus infection by glycyrrhizin.

Abstract Source:

Cell Biochem Biophys. 2012 Jan ;62(1):137-40. PMID: 21874590

Abstract Author(s):

Wen Huang, Xiao Chen, Qi Li, Ping Li, Gaonian Zhao, Mingming Xu, Peng Xie

Article Affiliation:

Department of Neurology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, People's Republic of China.


Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the most common viruses infecting humans and animals. Cellular adhesion is increased in HSV and plays a role in pathogenesis of inflammatory response during this viral infection. In our study, we studied a potential role of glycyrrhizin in disrupting cellular adhesion in HSV. We isolated rat cerebral capillary vessel endothelial cells (CCECs) and polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) and evaluated intercellular adhesion between these cells by micropipette aspiration technique. The adhesion force and stress between CCEC and PMN were significantly (P<0.01) increased in HSV infection. Glycyrrhizin perfusion significantly (P<0.01) reduced adhesion force and stress between CCEC and PMN. In conclusion, glycyrrhizin may attenuate inflammatory responses in HSV by inhibition of adhesion between CCEC and PMN.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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