Abstract Title:

The coffee diterpene kahweol induces heme oxygenase-1 via the PI3K and p38/Nrf2 pathway to protect human dopaminergic neurons from 6-hydroxydopamine-derived oxidative stress.

Abstract Source:

FEBS Lett. 2008 Jul 23;582(17):2655-62. Epub 2008 Jun 30. PMID: 18593583

Abstract Author(s):

Yong Pil Hwang, Hye Gwang Jeong

Article Affiliation:

Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Research Center for Proteineous Materials, Chosun University, 375 Seosuk-dong, Gwangju, Republic of Korea.


In this study, we investigated the mechanisms of kahweol protection of neuronal cells from cell death induced by the Parkinson's disease-related neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA). Pretreatment of SH-SY5Y cells with kahweol significantly reduced 6-OHDA-induced generation of ROS, caspase-3 activation, and subsequent cell death. Kahweol also up-regulated heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) expression, which conferred neuroprotection against 6-OHDA-induced oxidative injury. Moreover, kahweol induced PI3K and p38 activation, which are involved in the induction of Nrf2, HO-1 expression, and neuroprotection. These results suggest that regulation of the anti-oxidant enzyme HO-1 via the PI3K and p38/Nrf2 signaling pathways controls the intracellular levels of ROS.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

Print Options

Key Research Topics

Sayer Ji
Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Subscribe to our informative Newsletter & get Nature's Evidence-Based Pharmacy

Our newsletter serves 500,000 with essential news, research & healthy tips, daily.

Download Now

500+ pages of Natural Medicine Alternatives and Information.

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

© Copyright 2008-2021 GreenMedInfo.com, Journal Articles copyright of original owners, MeSH copyright NLM.