Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(5), 5628-5644; doi:10.3390/ijms13055628
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Anti-TNF-α Activity of Portulaca oleracea in Vascular Endothelial Cells

1,†email, 2,†email, 1,3email, 1,3,* email and 1,3,* email
1 College of Oriental Medicine and Professional Graduate School of Oriental Medicine, Wonkwang University, Shinyong-dong, Iksan, Jeonbuk, 570-749, Korea 2 Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Jeonmin-dong, Yusung-gu, Daejeon, 305-811, Republic of Korea 3 Hanbang Body-fluid Research Center, Wonkwang University, Shinyong-dong, Iksan, Jeonbuk, 570-749, Korea These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 20 February 2012; in revised form: 20 April 2012 / Accepted: 2 May 2012 / Published: 10 May 2012
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Abstract: Vascular inflammation plays a key role in the pathogenesis and progression of atherosclerosis, a main complication of diabetes. The present study investigated whether an aqueous extract of Portulaca oleracea (AP) prevents the TNF-α-induced vascular inflammatory process in the human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC). The stimulation of TNF-α induced overexpression of adhesion molecules affects vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1, intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1 and E-selectin for example. However, AP significantly suppressed TNF-α-induced over-expression of these adhesion molecules in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, pretreatment with AP dose-dependently reduced an increase of the adhesion of HL-60 cells to TNF-α-induced HUVEC. Furthermore, we observed that stimulation of TNF-α significantly increased intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. However, pretreatment with AP markedly blocked TNF-α-induced ROS production in a dose-dependent manner. The western blot and immunofluorescence analysis showed that AP inhibited the translocation of p65 NF-κB to the nucleus. In addition, AP suppressed the TNF-α-induced degradation of IκB-α and attenuated the TNF-α-induced NF-κB binding. AP also effectively reduced TNF-α-induced mRNA expressions of monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1 and interleukin (IL)-8 in a dose-dependent manner. Taken together, AP prevents the vascular inflammatory process through the inhibition of intracellular ROS production and NF-κB activation as well as the reduction of adhesion molecule expression in TNF-α-induced HUVEC. These results suggested that AP might have a potential therapeutic effect by inhibiting the vascular inflammation process in vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis.
Keywords: Portulaca oleracea; inflammation; NF-κB; reactive oxygen species (ROS); atherosclerosis

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Lee, A.S.; Kim, J.S.; Lee, Y.J.; Kang, D.G.; Lee, H.S. Anti-TNF-α Activity of Portulaca oleracea in Vascular Endothelial Cells. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 5628-5644.

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Lee AS, Kim JS, Lee YJ, Kang DG, Lee HS. Anti-TNF-α Activity of Portulaca oleracea in Vascular Endothelial Cells. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2012; 13(5):5628-5644.

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Lee, An Sook; Kim, Jin Sook; Lee, Yun Jung; Kang, Dae Gill; Lee, Ho Sub. 2012. "Anti-TNF-α Activity of Portulaca oleracea in Vascular Endothelial Cells." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 13, no. 5: 5628-5644.

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