The Flavone Eupatilin Inhibits Eotaxin Expression in an NF-κB-Dependent and STAT6-Independent Manner

J. I. Jeon, S. H. Ko, Y. J. Kim, S. M. Choi, K. K. Kang, Hye Young Kim, H. J. Yoon, J. M. Kim

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Abstract

The CC chemokine eotaxin contributes to epithelium-induced inflammation in airway diseases such as asthma. Eupatilin (5,7-dihydroxy-3',4',6'-trimethoxyflavone), a bioactive component of Artemisia asiatica Nakai (Asteraceae), is reported to inhibit the adhesion of eosinophils to bronchial epithelial cells. However, little is known about the molecular mechanism of eupatilin-induced attenuation of bronchial epithelium-induced inflammation. In this study, we investigated the effect of eupatilin on expression of eotaxin-1 (CCL11), a potent chemoattractant for eosinophils. Eupatilin significantly inhibited eotaxin expression in bronchial epithelial cells stimulated with TNF-α, while NF-κB and IκBα kinase (IKK) activities declined concurrently. Eupatilin also inhibited mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activity; however, all of these anti-inflammatory activities were reversed by MAPK overexpression. In contrast, eupatilin did not affect the signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6) signalling in bronchial epithelial cells stimulated with IL-4. Furthermore, eupatilin significantly attenuated TNF-α-induced eosinophil migration. These results suggest that the eupatilin inhibits the signalling of MAPK, IKK, NF-κB and eotaxin-1 in bronchial epithelial cells, leading to inhibition of eosinophil migration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-176
Number of pages11
JournalScandinavian Journal of Immunology
Volume81
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 1

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STAT6 Transcription Factor
Eosinophils
Chemokine CCL11
Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
Epithelial Cells
Epithelium
Inflammation
eupatilin
Artemisia
CC Chemokines
Asteraceae
Chemotactic Factors

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Jeon, J. I. ; Ko, S. H. ; Kim, Y. J. ; Choi, S. M. ; Kang, K. K. ; Kim, Hye Young ; Yoon, H. J. ; Kim, J. M. / The Flavone Eupatilin Inhibits Eotaxin Expression in an NF-κB-Dependent and STAT6-Independent Manner. In: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology. 2015 ; Vol. 81, No. 3. pp. 166-176.
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The Flavone Eupatilin Inhibits Eotaxin Expression in an NF-κB-Dependent and STAT6-Independent Manner. / Jeon, J. I.; Ko, S. H.; Kim, Y. J.; Choi, S. M.; Kang, K. K.; Kim, Hye Young; Yoon, H. J.; Kim, J. M.

In: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, Vol. 81, No. 3, 01.03.2015, p. 166-176.

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