Abstract Title:

Arctigenin protects against liver injury from acute hepatitis by suppressing immune cells in mice.

Abstract Source:

Biomed Pharmacother. 2018 Mar 23 ;102:464-471. Epub 2018 Mar 23. PMID: 29579707

Abstract Author(s):

Xixi Cheng, Huafeng Wang, Jinlai Yang, Yingnan Cheng, Dan Wang, Fengrui Yang, Yan Li, Dongmei Zhou, Yanxia Wang, Zhenyi Xue, Lijuan Zhang, Qi Zhang, Luhong Yang, Rongxin Zhang, Yurong Da

Article Affiliation:

Xixi Cheng


As a phenylpropanoid and dibenzylbutyrolactone lignan present in medical plants, such as those used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine, including Arctium lappa (Niubang), arctigenin exhibits antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer activities. In this study, we investigated the protective role of arctigenin in Concanavalin A (ConA)-induced acute hepatitis in mice. Arctigenin remarkably reduced the congestion and necroinflammation of livers, and improved hepatic function (ALT and AST) in ConA-induced acute hepatitis in vivo. The infiltration of CD4 T, NKT and macrophages into the livers was found to be reduced with arctigenin treatment. Arctigenin suppressed ConA-induced T lymphocyte proliferations that might have resulted from enhanced IL-10 production by macrophages and CD4 T cells. These results suggested that arctigenin could be a powerful drug candidate for acute hepatitis through immune suppression.

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