Plant-derived compounds with potent anti-inflammatory activity have attracted a great deal of attention as a source for novel anti-arthritic agents with minimal side effects. We attempted to determine the anti-arthritic effects of orally administered honokiol isolated from Magnolia species. The oral administration of honokiol inhibited the progression and severity of type II collagen (CII)-induced arthritis (CIA) by reducing clinical arthritis scores and paw swelling. The histological analysis demonstrated preserved joint space; and the immunohistochemical data showed that the levels of interleukin (IL)-17, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, MMP-9, MMP-13, and receptor activator for nuclear factor-κB ligand, as well as nitrotyrosine formation, were substantially suppressed in the honokiol-treated CIA mice. The elevated serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-α and IL-1β in the CIA mice were also restored to control levels via honokiol treatment. In the CIA mice, honokiol inhibited CII- or lipopolysaccharide-stimulated cytokine secretion in spleen cells, as well as CII-stimulated spleen cell proliferation. Furthermore, honokiol treatment reduced CIAinduced oxidative damage in the liver and kidney tissues of CIA mice. Collectively, the oral administration of honokiol inhibited CIA development by reducing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, MMP expressions, and oxidative stress. Thus, honokiol is an attractive candidate for an anti-arthritic agent.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Medicine