Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
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Harpagophytum procumbens Suppresses Lipopolysaccharide-Stimulated Expressions of Cyclooxygenase-2 and Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase in Fibroblast Cell Line L929
Mi-Hyeon JangSabina LimSeung-Moo HanHi-Joon ParkInsop ShinJin-Woo KimNam-Jae KimJi-Suk LeeKyung-Ah KimChang-Ju Kim
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2003 Volume 93 Issue 3 Pages 367-371


Harpagophytum procumbens (Pedaliaceae) has been used for the treatment of pain and arthritis. The effect of Harpagophytum procumbens against lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation was investigated using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) immunoassay, and nitric oxide detection on mouse fibroblast cell line L929. The aqueous extract of Harpagophytum procumbens was shown to suppress PGE2 synthesis and nitric oxide production by inhibiting lipopolysaccharide-stimulated enhancement of the cyclooxygenase-2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) mRNAs expressions in L929 cells. These results suggest that Harpagophytum procumbens exerts anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects probably by suppressing cyclooxygenase-2 and iNOS expressions.

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