Sargassum serratifolium extract attenuates interleukin-1β-induced oxidative stress and inflammatory response in chondrocytes by suppressing the activation of NF-κB, p38 MAPK, and PI3K/Akt

Cheol Park, Jin Woo Jeong, Dae Sung Lee, Mi Jin Yim, Jeong Min Lee, Min Ho Han, Suhkmann Kim, Heui Soo Kim, Gi Young Kim, Eui Kyun Park, You Jin Jeon, Hee Jae Cha, Yung Hyun Choi

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Abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that is characterized by irreversible articular cartilage destruction by inflammatory reaction. Among inflammatory stimuli, interleukin-1β (IL-1β) is known to play a crucial role in OA pathogenesis by stimulating several mediators that contribute to cartilage degradation. Recently, the marine brown alga Sargassum serratifolium has been reported to exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in microglial and human umbilical vein endothelial cell models using lipopolysaccharide and tumor necrosis factor-α, but its beneficial effects on OA have not been investigated. This study aimed to evaluate the anti-osteoarthritic effects of ethanol extract of S. serratifolium (EESS) in SW1353 human chondrocytes and, in parallel, primary rat articular chondrocytes. Our results showed that EESS effectively blocked the generation of reactive oxygen species in IL-1β-treated SW1353 and rat primary chondrocytes, indicating that EESS has a potent antioxidant activity. EESS also attenuated IL-1β-induced production of nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2, major inflammatory mediators in these cells, which was associated with the inhibition of inducible NO synthase and cyclooxygenase-2 expression. Moreover, EESS downregulated the level of gene expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1,-3 and-13 in SW1353 chondrocytes treated with IL-1β, resulting in their extracellular secretion reduction. In addition, the IL-1β-induced activation of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) was restored by EESS. Furthermore, EESS reduced the activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling pathways upon IL-1β stimulation. These results indicate that EESS has the potential to exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects through inactivation of the NF-κB, p38 MAPK, and PI3K/Akt signaling pathways. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that EESS may have the potential for chondroprotection, and extracts of S. serratifolium could potentially be used in the prevention and treatment of OA.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2308
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Volume19
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • Chondrocytes
  • Inflammation
  • MAPKs
  • NF-κB
  • PI3K/Akt
  • ROS
  • Sargassum serratifolium

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