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Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Chloranthalactone B in LPS-Stimulated RAW264.7 Cells

by 1,†, 2,†, 3,4,†, 5,8, 5,8, 6, 6, 5,8,*, 6,* and 7,*
Department of Gerontology, Huai’an First People’s Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, Huaian 223300, China
Department of Neurology, Huai’an Hospital Affiliated of Xuzhou Medical College and Huai’an Second People’s Hospital, Huaian 223300, China
Xiyuan Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100091, China
Shineway Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd., Shijiazhuang 051430, China
Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center of Regional Modern Agriculture & Environmental Protection, Huaiyin Normal University, Huaian 223300, China
Key Laboratory of Bioactive Substances and Resources Utilization of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ministry of Education, Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing 100193, China
Department of Urology, Huai’an First People’s Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, 6 Beijing West Road, Huaian 223300, China
Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Eco-Agricultural Biotechnology around Hongze Lake, Huaiyin Normal University, Huaian 223300, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Chang Won Choi
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(11), 1938;
Received: 30 September 2016 / Revised: 8 November 2016 / Accepted: 11 November 2016 / Published: 22 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Bioactives and Nutraceuticals)
Chloranthalactone B (CTB), a lindenane-type sesquiterpenoid, was obtained from the Chinese medicinal herb Sarcandra glabra, which is frequently used as a remedy for inflammatory diseases. However, the anti-inflammatory mechanisms of CTB have not been fully elucidated. In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW264.7 macrophages. CTB strongly inhibited the production of nitric oxide and pro-inflammatory mediators such as prostaglandin E2, tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and IL-6 in RAW264.7 cells stimulated with LPS. A reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction assay and Western blot further confirmed that CTB inhibited the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase, cyclooxygenase-2, TNF-α, and IL-1β at the transcriptional level, and decreased the luciferase activities of activator protein (AP)-1 reporter promoters. These data suggest that inhibition occurred at the transcriptional level. In addition, CTB blocked the activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) but not c-Jun N-terminal kinase or extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2. Furthermore, CTB suppressed the phosphorylation of MKK3/6 by targeting the binding sites via formation of hydrogen bonds. Our findings clearly show that CTB inhibits the production of inflammatory mediators by inhibiting the AP-1 and p38 MAPK pathways. Therefore, CTB could potentially be used as an anti-inflammatory agent. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sarcandra glabra; sesquiterpene; chloranthalactone B; inflammation Sarcandra glabra; sesquiterpene; chloranthalactone B; inflammation
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Li, X.; Shen, J.; Jiang, Y.; Shen, T.; You, L.; Sun, X.; Xu, X.; Hu, W.; Wu, H.; Wang, G. Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Chloranthalactone B in LPS-Stimulated RAW264.7 Cells. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 1938.

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