Abstract Title:

Berberine ameliorates obesity-induced chronic inflammation through suppression of ER stress and promotion of macrophage M2 polarization at least partly via downregulating lncRNA Gomafu.

Abstract Source:

Int Immunopharmacol. 2020 Jul 7 ;86:106741. Epub 2020 Jul 7. PMID: 32650294

Abstract Author(s):

Yu-Bo Han, Miao Tian, Xiao-Xue Wang, De-Hui Fan, Wei-Zhong Li, Fan Wu, Li Liu

Article Affiliation:

Yu-Bo Han


BACKGROUND: Berberine has been established as a potential drug for inflammation and metabolic disorder. Here, we aimed to explore the effects and the underlying mechanisms of berberine on obesity-induced chronic inflammation.

METHODS: Mice were fed with high-fat diet to induce obesity. Inflammation in adipocytes were induced with treatment of free fatty acids. The expression of IL-4, CD206, ARG1 and other markers were used to identify M1 and M2 polarization. The expression of GPR78 and CHOP were used to evaluate endoplasmic reticulum stress. H&E staining was used to reveal the adipose tissue macrophage and adipocytes enlargement.

RESULTS: Berberine treatment attenuated endoplasmic reticulum stress and inflammation in obese mice and free fatty acids-treated adipocytes. Overexpression of lncRNA Gomafu partially blocked the protective effects of berberine in free fatty acids-treated adipocytes by increasing endoplasmic reticulum stress. Moreover, Gomafu overexpression partly reversed berberine-induced enhancement of M2 polarization in macrophages. Finally, Gomafu overexpression induced ER stress and inflammation in mice, which were improved by berberine administration.

CONCLUSIONS: Berberine improves obesity-induced chronic inflammation by alleviating endoplasmic reticulum stress and consequently promoting macrophage M2 polarization. And these protective effects were mediated at least partly by the suppression of lncRNA Gomafu.

Study Type : Animal Study

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