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Abstract Title:

Protective Effects of Punicalagin on Osteoporosis by Inhibiting Osteoclastogenesis and Inflammationthe NF-κB and MAPK Pathways.

Abstract Source:

Front Pharmacol. 2020 ;11:696. Epub 2020 May 15. PMID: 32477149

Abstract Author(s):

Wei Wang, Jiaxiang Bai, Wenhao Zhang, Gaoran Ge, Qing Wang, Xiaolong Liang, Ning Li, Ye Gu, Meng Li, Wei Xu, Huilin Yang, Yaozeng Xu, Dechun Geng, Jun Zhou

Article Affiliation:

Wei Wang


Postmenopausal osteoporosis is a worldwide disease characterized by reduced bone mineral density and increased fracture risk. Inflammatory bone loss due to excessive osteoclast bone resorption is significant in the pathogenesis and development of osteoporosis. Punicalagin (PUN) is a pomegranate fruit derivative and has potential anti-inflammatory effects. However, the effect of PUN on osteoporotic bone loss has yet to be clarified. In this study, we investigated the effect of PUN on RANKL-induced osteoclast formation and bone resorption, as well as its potential therapeutic effect on ovariectomized-induced bone loss. PUN was demonstrated to suppress osteoclast formation and bone resorptive function dose-dependently, while osteoclast-specific genes were also downregulated by PUN. In vivo micro-CT and histopathological staining showed that the OVX procedure led to significant bone loss characterized by decreased bone parameters and increased osteoclast numbers, while PUN treatment dramatically prevented these changes. Furthermore, PUN treatment effectively inhibited proinflammatory cytokine expression. Mechanistically, PUN maintained bone masssuppressing nuclear factorκB (NF-κB) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway activation. Collectively, our observations provide evidence that PUN is a potential candidate for the treatment of osteoporosis.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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