Eriobotryae folium extract suppresses LPS-induced iNOS and COX-2 expression by inhibition of NF-kappaB and MAPK activation in murine macrophages

Author(s): Uto T, Suangkaew N, Morinaga O, Kariyazono H, Oiso S, et al.


Eriobotryae folium (EF), the dried leaves of Eriobotrya japonica (Thunb.) Lindl. has been traditionally used to treat various diseases such as chronic bronchitis, cough, inflammation, skin diseases, and diabetes. In this study, we examined the effects of Eriobotryae folium extract (EFE) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced production of nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2(PGE2) in RAW264 murine macrophage cells. EFE suppressed LPS-induced NO and PGE2 production in a dose-dependent manner. Consistent with these observations, EFE reduced the LPS-induced expressions of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) at both protein and mRNA levels. Furthermore, EFE significantly inhibited LPS-induced NF-kappaB binding activity, which was associated with the inhibition of IkappaB-alpha degradation. EFE also attenuated LPS-induced phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) including extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), p38 MAPK and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). These results suggest that the anti-inflammatory properties of EF might result from inhibition of iNOS and COX-2 expression through the downregulation of NF-kappaB activation and MAPK phosphorylation in LPS-stimulated RAW264 cells.

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