Abstract Title:

Inhibitory effects of phytochemicals on NLRP3 inflammasome activation: A review.

Abstract Source:

Phytomedicine. 2020 Aug 15 ;75:153238. Epub 2020 May 20. PMID: 32507349

Abstract Author(s):

Melis Olcum, Bora Tastan, Ilkcan Ercan, Irem B Eltutan, Sermin Genc

Article Affiliation:

Melis Olcum


BACKGROUND: The NLRP3 inflammasome formation and following cytokine secretion is a crucial step in innate immune responses. Internal and external factors may trigger inflammasome activation and result in inflammatory cytokine secretion. Inflammasome formation and activity play critical roles in several disease pathologies such as cardiovascular, metabolic, renal, digestive, and CNS diseases. Underlying pathways are not yet clear, but phytochemicals as alternative therapies have been extensively used for suppression of inflammatory responses.

PURPOSE: In this review, we aimed to summarize in vivo and in vitro effects on NLRP3 inflammasome activation of selected phytochemicals.

METHOD: Three phytochemicals; Sulforaphane, Curcumin, and Resveratrol were selected, and studies were reviewed to clarify their intracellular signaling mechanism in NLRP3 inflammasome activity. PubMed and Scopus databases are used for the search. For sulforaphane, 8 articles, for curcumin, 25 articles, and for resveratrol, 41 articles were included in the review.

CONCLUSION: In vitro and in vivo studies pointed out that the selected phytochemicals have inhibitory properties on NLRP3 inflammasome activity. However, neither the mechanism is clear, nor the study designs and doses are standardized.

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