Preventive effect of Imperatorin on acute lung injury induced by lipopolysaccharide in mice

College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Jilin University, Changchun, Changchun 130062, People's Republic of China.
International immunopharmacology (Impact Factor: 2.47). 08/2012; 14(4):369-374. DOI: 10.1016/j.intimp.2012.07.019
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Imperatorin, a linear furanocoumarin, has many pharmacological effects such as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of Imperatorin on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI) in mice. BALB/c mice were pretreated with Imperatorin 1h before LPS challenge. We found that the levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) were decreased significantly, and the level of interleukin-10 (IL-10) was up-regulated 8h after Imperatorin treatment. Pretreatment with Imperatorin (15 or 30mg/kg) decreased lung wet-to-dry weight (W/D) ratio, the number of inflammatory cells and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activities. Additionally, Imperatorin attenuated lung histopathological changes and significantly inhibited the phosphorylation of IκB, JNK, ERK and p38/MAPK. These findings demonstrate that Imperatorin protects against LPS-induced ALI in mice.

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