Abstract Title:

Antidepressive Effect of Arctiin by Attenuating Neuroinflammation via HMGB1/TLR4- and TNF-α/TNFR1-Mediated NF-κB Activation.

Abstract Source:

ACS Chem Neurosci. 2020 08 5 ;11(15):2214-2230. Epub 2020 Jul 15. PMID: 32609480

Abstract Author(s):

Xiang Xu, Xiao-Yu Zeng, Yue-Xian Cui, Ying-Biao Li, Jia-Hui Cheng, Xu-Dong Zhao, Guang-Hua Xu, Juan Ma, Hu-Nan Piao, Xuejun Jin, Lian-Xun Piao

Article Affiliation:

Xiang Xu


Inflammation is a potential factor in the pathophysiology of depression. A traditional Chinese herbal medicine, arctiin, and its aglycone, arctigenin, are the major bioactive components inand exhibit neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory activities. Arctigenin has been reported to have antidepressant-like effects. However, the antidepressant-like effects of arctiin, its precursor, remain unknown. In this study, we investigated the antidepressant-like effects of arctiin and its underlying mechanisms byandexperiments in mice. Our results showed that arctiin significantly attenuated sucrose consumption and increased the immobility time in tail suspension and forced swimming tests. Arctiin decreased neuronal damage in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of the brain. Arctiin also attenuated the levels of three inflammatory mediators, indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase, 5-hydroxytryptamine, and dopamine, that were elevated in the PFC or serum of chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS)-exposed mice. Arctiin reduced excessive activation of microglia and neuroinflammation by reducing high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1)/toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)- and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)/TNF receptor 1 (TNFR1)-mediated nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) activation in the PFC of CUMS-exposed mice and HMGB1- or TNF-α-stimulated primary cultured microglia. These findings demonstrate that arctiin ameliorates depression by inhibiting the activation of microglia and inflammationvia the HMGB1/TLR4 and TNF-α/TNFR1 signaling pathways.

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