Abstract Title:

[Effects of honokiol on particulate matter 2.5-induced lung injury in asthmatic mice and its mechanisms].

Abstract Source:

Zhong Nan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2018 Jul 28 ;43(7):718-724. PMID: 30124206

Abstract Author(s):

Jiali Xu, Xiaoxia Lu, Feng Han

Article Affiliation:

Jiali Xu


To explore the therapeutic effect of honokiol on particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5)-induced lung injury in asthmatic mice and the possible mechanisms.
 Methods: A total of 32 BALB/C mice were randomly divided into four groups: a normal saline group, a model group, a PM2.5 group and a honokiol group (n=8 in each group). The asthma mouse model was established by ovalbumin treatment. The mice were treated with physiological saline, ovalbumin, PM2.5 and honokiol, respectively. Lung tissues and serum were collected. The pathological changes of lung tissues were evaluated. The levels of inflammatory cytokines in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and serum were measured and the expressions of Toll like receptor 4 (TLR4), nuclear factor kappa B(NF-κB), retinoid-related orphan receptor gamma-t (RORγt) and forkhead box protein 3 (Foxp3) in lung tissues were detected.
 Results: 1) The lung tissues of mice in the asthma group showed obvious pathological changes and inflammatory state, suggesting that the asthma model was established successfully. PM2.5 could aggravate the pathological condition of inflammatory injury in lung tissues in asthmatic mice. 2) Compared to the PM2.5 group, the pathological symptoms in the lung tissues were alleviated in the honokiol group and the percentage of inflammatory cells in BALF and the levels ofinflammatory cytokines in BALF and serum were significantly reduced (all P<0.05). 3) Compared to the PM2.5 group, the expressions of TLR4, NF-κB (p-p65) and RORγt in lung tissues were significantly decreased, while the expression of Foxp3 was increased; the ratio of RORγt/Foxp3 was also decreased in the honokiol group (all P<0.05).
 Conclusion: Honokiol can resist lung injury induced by PM2.5 in asthmatic mice. These effects are through inhibiting TLR4-NF-κB pathway-mediated inflammatory response or regulating the balance of Th17/Treg cells.

Study Type : Animal Study

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