Methylalpinumisoflavone Inhibits Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Inflammation in Microglial Cells by the NF-kappaB and MAPK Signaling Pathway


So-Young Park, Laboratory of Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy, Dankook University, San29, Anseo-dong, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungnam 330-714, Korea.



Neuroinflammation is chronic inflammation within the brain that is attributed to prolonged activation of microglial cells and results in neurodegenerative events, such as neuronal dysfunction and neuronal loss. Therefore, suppression of neuroinflammation would theoretically slow progression of neurodegenerative disease. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of 4′-O-methylalpinumisoflavone (methylalpinumisoflavone), isolated from Cudrania tricuspidata, against LPS-induced microglial activation in BV2 cells. Exposure of BV2 cells to LPS (0.5 µg/mL) significantly increased production of pro-inflammatory mediators, including NO, PGE2, and pro-inflammatory cytokines. Conversely, pre-treatment with methylalpinumisoflavone (10 and 20 µg/mL) prior to treatment with LPS resulted in a significant decrease of LPS-induced production of pro-inflammatory mediators in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators by treatment with methylalpinumisoflavone prior to treatment with LPS was accompanied by a decrease in translocation of NF-κB p50 and p65 from the cytoplasm to the nucleus and by a decrease in activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), such as ERK1/2 and JNK. Taken together, these results suggest that methylalpinumisoflavone suppressed LPS-induced microglial activation and production of pro-inflammatory mediators by decreasing NF-κB signaling and by phosphorylation of MAPKs. These results suggest the potential of methylalpinumisoflavone as an anti-inflammatory drug candidate. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.