Abstract Title:

Resveratrol differentially modulates inflammatory responses of microglia and astrocytes.

Abstract Source:

J Neuroinflammation. 2010;7:46. Epub 2010 Aug 17. PMID: 20712904

Abstract Author(s):

Xiaofeng Lu, Lili Ma, Lingfei Ruan, Yan Kong, Haiwei Mou, Zhijie Zhang, Zhijun Wang, Ji Ming Wang, Yingying Le

Article Affiliation:

Key laboratory of Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute for Nutritional Sciences, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China.


BACKGROUND: Inflammatory responses in the CNS mediated by activated glial cells play an important role in host-defense but are also involved in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. Resveratrol is a natural polyphenolic compound that has cardioprotective, anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties. We investigated the capacity of resveratrol to protect microglia and astrocyte from inflammatory insults and explored mechanisms underlying different inhibitory effects of resveratrol on microglia and astrocytes.

METHODS: A murine microglia cell line (N9), primary microglia, or astrocytes were stimulated by LPS with or without different concentrations of resveratrol. The expression and release of proinflammatory cytokines (TNF-alpha, IL-1beta, IL-6, MCP-1) and iNOS/NO by the cells were measured by PCR/real-time PCR and ELISA, respectively. The phosphorylation of the MAP kinase superfamily was analyzed by western blotting, and activation of NF-kappaB and AP-1 was measured by luciferase reporter assay and/or electrophoretic mobility shift assay.

RESULTS: We found that LPS stimulated the expression of TNF-alpha, IL-1beta, IL-6, MCP-1 and iNOS in murine microglia and astrocytes in which MAP kinases, NF-kappaB and AP-1 were differentially involved. Resveratrol inhibited LPS-induced expression and release of TNF-alpha, IL-6, MCP-1, and iNOS/NO in both cell types with more potency in microglia, and inhibited LPS-induced expression of IL-1beta in microglia but not astrocytes. Resveratrol had no effect on LPS-stimulated phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and p38 in microglia and astrocytes, but slightly inhibited LPS-stimulated phosphorylation of JNK in astrocytes. Resveratrol inhibited LPS-induced NF-kappaB activation in both cell types, but inhibited AP-1 activation only in microglia.

CONCLUSION: These results suggest that murine microglia and astrocytes produce proinflammatory cytokines and NO in response to LPS in a similar pattern with some differences in signaling molecules involved, and further suggest that resveratrol exerts anti-inflammatory effects in microglia and astrocytes by inhibiting different proinflammatory cytokines and key signaling molecules.

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