Effects of Samki-eum ($s\bar{a}nq\grave{i}-y\check{i}n$ ) on Freund's Complete Adjuvant-induced Arthritic Rats

Adjuvant 유발 관절염 랫트에 대한 삼기음의 효과

  • Choi, Eun-Sill (Department of Oriental Rehabiliation Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Daegu Hanny University) ;
  • Jang, Hong-Gyu (Department of Oriental Rehabiliation Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Daegu Hanny University) ;
  • Kwon, O-Gon (Department of Oriental Rehabiliation Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Daegu Hanny University) ;
  • Woo, Chang-Hoon (Department of Oriental Rehabiliation Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Daegu Hanny University) ;
  • An, Hee-Duk (Department of Oriental Rehabiliation Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Daegu Hanny University)
  • 최은실 (대구한의대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실) ;
  • 장홍규 (대구한의대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실) ;
  • 권오곤 (대구한의대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실) ;
  • 우창훈 (대구한의대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실) ;
  • 안희덕 (대구한의대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실)
  • Published : 2013.07.31


Objectives The object of this study was to observe the favorable anti-arthritic effects of Samki-eum ($s\bar{a}nq\grave{i}-y\check{i}n$) on Freund's complete adjuvant (FCA)-induced arthritic Wistar rats. Methods Rheumatoid arthritis was induced by intradermal injection of FCA, and 300, 150 or 750 mg/kg of Samki-eum ($s\bar{a}nq\grave{i}-y\check{i}n$) were orally administered once a day for 14 days from 14 days after FCA treatments, and 15 mg/kg of dexamethasone was intraperitoneally administered as reference drug in this experiment. All rats were sacrificed at 14 days after continuous oral treatment of Samki-eum ($s\bar{a}nq\grave{i}-y\check{i}n$) or intraperitoneal administration of dexamethasone, and changes on the body weight, knee circumferences, gross arthritis score, inflammatory tissue prostaglandin (PG) $E_2$ levels were monitored with cartilage collagen components and glucosaminoglycans compositions - chondroitin sulphate, heparan sulphate and hyaluronic acid in the present study. Results As results of FCA treatment, classic rheumatoid arthritis featuring dramatical decreases on the body weights, cartilage collagen contents and bone glucosaminoglycans-chondroitin sulphate, heparan sulphate and hyaluronic acid contents, with increases on the knee circumferences, gross arthritis scores and inflammatory tissue $PGE_2$ levels. However, these changes from FCA-induced rheumatoid arthritis were clearly reduced by treatment of dexamethasone and both two different dosages of Samki-eum ($s\bar{a}nq\grave{i}-y\check{i}n$) 300 and 150 mg/kg in the present study. Although FCA-induced arthritis were more favorably inhibited by treatment of dexamethasone 15 mg/kg as compared with Samki-eum ($s\bar{a}nq\grave{i}-y\check{i}n$) 300 mg/kg, marked decreases of body weights were detected in dexamethasone 15 mg/kg treated rats, and Samki-eum ($s\bar{a}nq\grave{i}-y\check{i}n$) 300 mg/kg showed similar preserve effects on the cartilage glucosaminoglycan compositions in this study. Conclusions The results obtained in this study suggest that over 300 and 150 mg/kg of Samki-eum ($s\bar{a}nq\grave{i}-y\check{i}n$) showed favorable anti-arthritic effects on the FCA-induced arthritis mediated by suppression of $PGE_2$, a inflammatory mediator. However, detail mechanism studies should be conduced in future with the screening of the biological active compounds in this herb. Although overall anti-inflammatory effects Samki-eum ($s\bar{a}nq\grave{i}-y\check{i}n$) 300 mg/kg were lowered than those of dexamethasone 15 mg/kg treated rats, Samki-eum ($s\bar{a}nq\grave{i}-y\check{i}n$) 300 mg/kg treated rats showed similar preserve effects on the cartilage glucosaminoglycan compositions in this experiment.


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