Polydatin protects against ovalbumin-induced bronchial asthma in rats; involvement of urocortin and surfactant-D expression.

Research paper by Dina A DA Hanna, Marwa M MM Khalaf, Ali A AA Abo-Saif

Indexed on: 14 Nov '18Published on: 14 Nov '18Published in: Immunopharmacology and immunotoxicology


Prevalence of bronchial asthma massively increases worldwide, while the frequent therapies are still not sufficient. Polydatin, a naturally occurring glycoside, was known as to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. The current study aimed to investigate the possible protective effect of polydatin against experimental bronchial asthma in rats. Bronchial asthma was induced by ovalbumin (OVA) sensitization and challenge. Rats were randomly allocated into five groups; Group I (normal control group); Group II (asthma control group) received OVA; Group III (reference standard treatment group) received dexamethasone (1 mg/kg/day); Group IV (treatment group) received polydatin (200/mg/kg); and Group V (polydatin control group). The inflammatory biomarkers interleukin-4 (IL-4), IL-5, IL-13, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interferon-gamma and absolute eosinophil count in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), as well as serum immunoglobulin E were assessed, coupled with the oxido-nitrative stress biomarkers malondialdehyde and glutathione reduced levels and superoxide dismutase activity in the lung tissue, besides inducible nitric oxide synthase level in BALF. Western blot analysis of surfactant-D and immunohistochemical assay of urocortin (UCN) expression in the lung was performed. Polydatin significantly reduced the inflammatory mediators and restored the normal values of oxidative and nitrosative stress biomarkers. It also significantly reduced the expression of surfactant-D and UCN as compared to asthma control. The histopathological study strongly augmented the biochemical results. Polydatin may be a promising protective agent against experimentally induced bronchial asthma. Modulation of SP-D and UCN expressions seems to mediate such protective effects.