Abstract Title:

Withaferin A attenuates ovalbumin induced airway inflammation.

Abstract Source:

Front Biosci (Landmark Ed). 2019 01 1 ;24:576-596. Epub 2019 Jan 1. PMID: 30468675

Abstract Author(s):

Hong Mei Zhao, Zhi Wei Gao, Shou Xiang Xie, Xiang Han, Qing Song Sun

Article Affiliation:

Hong Mei Zhao


The molecular mechanism of how airway inflammation develops is not fully understood. Withaferin A (WA) is a natural phytochemical isolated from the plant. It is a well-investigated bioactive compound that possesses a variety of health-promoting effects, including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative activities. In the present study, the effect of WA on ovalbumin (OVA)-induced airway inflammation in mice was investigated. The results indicated that pre-treatment with WA inhibited OVA-induced lung injury and fibrosis progression in mice. Furthermore, WA significantly downregulated inflammatory cell infiltration into the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and significantly reduced pro-inflammatory cytokine expression in the lung tissue specimens. Additionally, WA significantly suppressed transforming growth factor-b1 expression in lung tissues. WA also caused the downregulation of collagen I, collagen III,α-smooth muscle actin and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1, as well as SMADs and extracellular signal related kinase 1/2 inactivation. Notably, WA significantly reduced the activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. The results indicate that WA may be an effective novel candidate for the treatment of airway inflammation.

Study Type : Animal Study

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