Rosmanol potently inhibits lipopolysaccharide-induced iNOS and COX-2 expression through downregulating MAPK, NF-κB, STAT3 and C/EBP signaling pathways

Ching Shu Lai, Jong Hun Lee, Chi Tang Ho, Cheng Bin Liu, Ju-Ming Wang, Ying-Jan Wang, Min Hsiung Pan

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Rosmanol is a natural polyphenol from the herb rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) with high antioxidant activity. In this study, we investigated the inhibitory effects of rosmanol on the induction of NO synthase (NOS) and COX-2 in RAW 264.7 cells induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Rosmanol markedly inhibited LPS-stimulated iNOS and COX-2 protein and gene expression, as well as the downstream products, NO and PGE2. Treatment with rosmanol also reduced translocation of the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) subunits by prevention of the degradation and phosphorylation of inhibitor κB (IκB). Western blot analysis showed that rosmanol significantly inhibited translocation and phosphorylation of NF-κB, signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3), and the protein expression of C/EBPβ and C/EBPδ. We also found that rosmanol suppressed LPS-induced phosphorylation of ERK1/2, p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling. Our results demonstrate that rosmanol downregulates inflammatory iNOS and COX-2 gene expression by inhibiting the activation of NF-κB and STAT3 through interfering with the activation of PI3K/Akt and MAPK signaling. Taken together, rosmanol might contribute to the potent anti-inflammatory effect of rosemary and may have potential to be developed into an effective anti-inflammatory agent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10990-10998
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov 25


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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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