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Inflammatory Effect of Rheum undulatum L.

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2011, 21(1), pp.35-46
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

전동주 1 Cha Yun Yeop 1 Lee,Eun 1

1상지대학교

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ABSTRACT

Objectives :The present study investigated inflammatory effect of Rheum undulatum L. in lipopolysaccharide-exposed rats and Raw 264.7 cells. Methods :Male rats weighting 185.39±8.21 g fed basal diet for 1 week and 32 rats were divided into a control group and 3 experimental groups. We fed a control group of rats a basal diet and administered normal saline(100 mg/kg, 1time/1day) for 6 weeks. And we fed basal diet and administered an extract of Rheum undulatum L.(100 mg/kg, 200 mg/kg, 300 mg/kg, 1time/1day) to each experimental group of rats. We measured the plasma concentration of IL-1β(interleukin-1β), IL-6 and TNF-α(tumor necrosis factor-α), liver cytokines, Raw 264.7 macrophages cytokines. Results :The plasma concentration of IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α peaked at 5h(hour) after LPS(lipopolysaccharides) injection, and the values of the Rheum undulatum L. extract groups were lower than those of the control group. In the increment of these cytokines concentration at 2h and 5h after LPS injection, the Rheum undulatum L. groups were lower than that of control group. The plasma concentration of IL-10 peaked at 5h after LPS injection, and the values of the Rheum undulatum L. extract groups were higher than those of the control group. In the increment of this cytokine concentration at 2h and 5h after LPS injection, the Rheum undulatum L. groups were higher than that of control group. Liver cytokines measurement was done at 5h after LPS injection. The concentration of liver IL-1β and IL-6 in the Rheum undulatum L. groups was lower than that of the control group. The concentrations of liver TNF-α, and IL-10 showed no significant differences among all the treatment groups. In the studies of lipopolysaccharide-exposed Raw 264.7 cells, the concentration of IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α in the lipopolysaccharide-exposed cells groups was higher than that of control group(normal group), and in the lipopolysaccharide-exposed cells groups, these values showed a tendency to decrease in the Rheum undulatum L. groups. The concentration of IL-10 in the lipopolysaccharide-exposed cells groups was higher than that of control group(normal group), and in the lipopolysaccharide-exposed cells groups, the values showed a tendency to increase in the Rheum undulatum L. groups. Conclusions :These results indicate that the Rheum undulatum L. extracts have an functional material for inflammatory activities.

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