Banhabaikchulcheunma-tang Down-regulates LPS-induced Production of Pro-inflammatory Cytokines

  • Kim, Yun-Ha (Vestibulocochlear Research Center & Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, Wonkwang University) ;
  • Cho, Kwang-Ho (Professional Graduate School of Oriental Medicine, Wonkwang University) ;
  • Moon, Byung-Soon (Professional Graduate School of Oriental Medicine, Wonkwang University)
  • Published : 2009.02.25

Abstract

Banhabaikchulcheunma-tang (BBCT), a prescription composed of thirteen herbal mixtures, has been widely used in the treatment of brain disorders in Oriental Medicine. However, the mechanisms by which the formula affects on the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in cerebral infarction (CI) patients remain unknown yet. The levels of secretory protein of pro-inflammatory cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-a, interlukin (IL)-1b, and IL-6, were significantly increased in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated THP-1 differentiated macrophage-like (THP-1/M) cells and Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from CI patients. However, pretreatment with BBCT significantly inhibited the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, including TNF-a, IL-1b, and IL-6, in THP-1/M cells and PBMCs from CI patients with stimulus. Thus, these data indicate that BBCT may be beneficial in the cessation of inflammatory processes of cerebral infarction through suppression on the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

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