Abstract Title:

Puerarin suppresses inflammation and ECM degradation through Nrf2/HO-1 axis in chondrocytes and alleviates pain symptom in osteoarthritic mice.

Abstract Source:

Food Funct. 2021 Feb 5. Epub 2021 Feb 5. PMID: 33543180

Abstract Author(s):

Ximiao Chen, Chongan Huang, Haiqiu Sun, Haofeng Hong, Jie Jin, Chaoyong Bei, Zhongqiu Lu, Xiaolei Zhang

Article Affiliation:

Ximiao Chen


Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common degenerative joint disorder with no effective drugs. Puerarin is a dietary supplement that has wide-ranging pharmacological effects. This study aimed to investigate the effects of Puerarin on OA. The effects of Puerarin on apoptosis, extracellular matrix (ECM) metabolism, and inflammation-related factors were assessed; also, the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling pathway and Nrf2/HO-1 (nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2/heme oxygenase-1) axis were evaluated to elucidate the working mechanism of Puerarin. Mice were fed with Puerarin to evaluate the therapeutic effect of Puerarin on Osteoarthritis in vivo. The results showed that Puerarin suppressed inflammatory mediators and apoptosis induced by IL-1β treatment in chondrocytes, it may also suppress ECM degradation in IL-1β treated chondrocytes. The mechanism study revealed that Nrf2/HO-1 pathway is involved in Puerarin induced inhibition of NF-κB signaling pathway. Finally, in vivo study demonstrated that Puerarin could postpone the progression of OA in mice and relieve the symptoms of pain. In conclusion, Puerarin may potentially alleviate OA progression, and the mechanism may relate to the Nrf2/HO-1 pathway regulation.

Study Type : Animal Study

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