Siriraj Medical Journal (Mar 2016)

The Effect of Ayurved Siriraj Wattana Recipe (AVS073) on LPS Induced COX-2 Expression in Human PBMC

  • Phornnapa Charoenkij,
  • Titchaporn Palo,
  • Sirikul Chotewuttakorn,
  • Suveerawan Limsuwan,
  • Tawee Laohapand,
  • Pravit Akarasereenont

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 68, no. 2
pp. 90 – 96


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Objective: To investigate the anti-inflammatory effects of AVS073 via the expression of COX-2 in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) induced by LPS. Methods: PBMC from healthy volunteers were treated with LPS alone, AVS073 alone (0.1-10 μg/ml) and LPS plus AVS073 for 18 hours. Cell proliferation was measured using MTT assay, while COX-2 mRNA, COX-2 protein and PGE2 production were assessed using real time RT-PCR, western blot and enzyme immunoassay (EIA), respectively. Results: It was found that neither LPS nor AVS073 has effects on cell proliferation. The optimum time of LPS- induced COX-2 expression was 18 hours. Even the expression of COX-2 mRNA showed trends toward decrease in all concentrations of AVS073 treatment, it was not significantly different. However, the expression of COX-2 protein was significantly decreased by 10 μg/ml AVS073. Surprisingly, endogenous PGE2 was significantly increased, whereas exogenous PGE2 was not significantly changed. Conclusion: AVS073 has some anti-inflammatory effects, probably at the level of post translational modification. Increase in endogenous PGE2 production, in spite of the decrease in the expression of COX-2 protein, may be due to the other factors or isoforms of COX.