Abstract Title:

Quercetin reduced inflammation and increased antioxidant defense in rat adjuvant arthritis.

Abstract Source:

Arch Biochem Biophys. 2015 Aug 20 ;583:150-157. Epub 2015 Aug 20. PMID: 26297952

Abstract Author(s):

C Gardi, K Bauerova, B Stringa, V Kuncirova, L Slovak, S Ponist, F Drafi, L Bezakova, I Tedesco, A Acquaviva, S Bilotto, G L Russo

Article Affiliation:

C Gardi


Novel therapies for rheumatoid arthritis also include the use of naturally occurring compounds possessing antioxidant properties. In the present work, the effects of oral administration of quercetin were investigated in a rat model of adjuvant arthritis. Arthritis was induced by a single intradermal injection of heat-inactivated Mycobacterium butyricum in incomplete Freund's adjuvant. The experimental groups were treated with an oral daily dose of 150 mg/kg b.w. of quercetin for 28 days. Results indicated that quercetin was able to ameliorate all markers of inflammation and oxidative stress measured. Quercetin lowered levels of interleukin-1β, C-reactive protein, and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 and restored plasma antioxidant capacity. Inaddition, quercetin inhibited the enzymatic activity of pro-inflammatory 12/15-lipoxygenase in lung and liver and increased the expression of heme oxygenase-1 in joint and lung of arthritic rats. Finally, quercetin inhibited the 2-fold increase of NF-қB activity observed in lung, liver and joint after induction of arthritis.

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