5-Methoxy-8-(2-hydroxy-3-buthoxy-3-methylbutyloxy)-psoralen isolated from Angelica dahurica inhibits cyclooxygenase-2 and 5-lipoxygenase in mouse bone marrow-derived mast cells.

Research paper by Jin Mei JM Hua, Tae Chul TC Moon, Tae Gyun TG Hong, Kyong Min KM Park, Jong Keun JK Son, Hyeun Wook HW Chang

Indexed on: 16 May '08Published on: 16 May '08Published in: Archives of pharmacal research


5-Methoxy-8-(2-hydroxy-3-buthoxy-3-methylbutyloxy)-psoralen (MP) is a medicinal herbal product isolated from Angelica dahurica that inhibits the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)-dependent phase of prostaglandin D(2) (PGD(2)) generation in bone marrow-derived mast cells (IC(50), 23.5 microM). Western blotting with specific anti-COX-2 antibodies showed that the decrease in PGD(2) production was accompanied by a decrease in COX-2 protein levels. In addition, this compound consistently inhibited the production of leukotriene C(4) in a dose dependent manner, (IC(50), 2.5 microM). These results demonstrate that MP inhibits both cyclooxygenase-2 and 5-lipoxygenase activity. Furthermore, this compound also inhibited the degranulation reaction (IC(50), 4.1 microM). Therefore, this compound might provide a basis for novel anti-inflammatory drug development.

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