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Abstract Title:

Immunoregulatory and anti-inflammatory properties of(Saffron) and its main active constituents: A review.

Abstract Source:

Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2019 Apr ;22(4):334-344. PMID: 31223464

Abstract Author(s):

Majid Zeinali, Mohammad Reza Zirak, Seyed Abdolrahim Rezaee, Gholamreza Karimi, Hossein Hosseinzadeh

Article Affiliation:

Majid Zeinali


The medicinal uses of saffron, the dried stigmas ofL., have very long history in food coloring agent, and flavoring agent as well as traditional medicine for the treatment of several diseases.is rich in carotenoids that affect immunity. This review summarizes the putative immunoregulatory effects of saffron and its active its derivatives including crocin, crocetin and safranal. In modern studies, its active constituents including protective effects, anti-inflammatory activities and molecular mechanisms of saffron on thimmune system have been demonstrated. Furthermore, the beneficial effects of saffron on inhibition of serum levels nuclear transcription factorκB (NF-κB) p65 unit, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interferon gamma (IFN-γ) and some interleukin (IL) such as IL-1β, IL-6, IL-12, IL-17A were reported. Furthermore, saffron has been known as the antagonist of NF-κB and the agonist of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ). In addition, saffron down-regulates the key pro-inflammatory enzymes such as myeloperoxidase (MPO), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), phospholipase A2, and prostanoids. This review summarizes the protective roles ofand its constituents against the pathogenesis of immune diseases and understanding a better management of these problems. Taken together, the main bioactive constituents of saffron may have health-promoting with important benefits in immune-related disorders. Finally, our study indicates that these bioactive constituents can affect both cellular and humoral immunity functions.

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