Anti-inflammatory effect of the aqueous extract from Lonicera japonica flower is related to inhibition of NF-kappaB activation through reducing I-kappaBalpha degradation in rat liver.
- J H Lee
- W S Ko
- Y H Kim
- H S Kang
- H D Kim
- B T Choi
Affiliations: Department of Anatomy, College of Oriental Medicine, Dong-Eui University, Pusan 614-052, South Korea.
- Published online on: January 1, 2001 https://doi.org/10.3892/ijmm.7.1.79
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We investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of aqueous extract from Lonicera japonica flower (AELJ), a traditional skin rash drug, in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced rat liver sepsis. Immunoblot analysis showed that the level of nuclear factor (NF)-kappaBp65 was rapidly up-regulated and inhibitory (I)-kappaBalpha was down-regulated by LPS challenge. However, AELJ inhibited the increase of NF-kappaBp65 and degradation of I-kappaBalpha in the liver of LPS-challenged rats. Immunohistochemical analysis of rat hepatocytes showed that LPS-induced inflammatory responses, involving degradation of I-kappaBalpha and induction of NF-kappaBp65, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), are partially inhibited by pretreatment with AELJ. These results suggest that AELJ may act as a therapeutic agent for inflammatory disease through a selective regulation of NF-kappaB activation.