Biomolecules & Therapeutics  
Anti-neuroinflammatory Effects of 12-Dehydrogingerdione in LPS-Activated Microglia through Inhibiting Akt/IKK/NF-κB Pathway and Activating Nrf-2/HO-1 Pathway
Dong Zhao1,2, Ming-Yao Gu1, Jiu Liang Xu1, Li Jun Zhang1,2, Shi Yong Ryu3 and Hyun Ok Yang1,2,*
1Natural Products Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Gangneung 25457,
2Division of Bio-Medical Science & Technology, KIST School, Korea University of Science and Technology, Seoul 02792,
3Research Center for Medicinal Chemistry, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Daejeon 34113, Republic of Korea
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Received: June 4, 2018; Revised: August 24, 2018; Accepted: August 31, 2018; Published online: October 26, 2018.
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Ginger, one of worldwide consumed dietary spice, in fact, it is not only famous as food supplements, and also believed to exert a variety of remarkable pharmacological activity as herbal remedies. In this study, a ginger constituent, 12-dehydrogingerdione (DHGD) was proven that has comparable anti-inflammatory activity with positive control 6-shogaol in inhibiting LPS-induce dinterleukin (IL)-6, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, prostaglandin (PG) E2, nitric oxide (NO), inducible NO synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, without interfering with COX-1 in cultured microglial cells. Subsequent mechanistic studies indicate that 12-DHGD may inhibit neuro-inflammation through suppressing the LPS-activated Akt/IKK/NF-κB pathway. Furthermore, 12-DHGD markedly promoted the activation of NF-E2-related factor (Nrf)-2 and heme oxygenase (HO)-1, and we demonstrated that the involvement of HO-1 on the production of pro-inflammatory mediators such as NO and TNF-α by using a HO-1 inhibitor, Zinc protoporphyrin (Znpp). These results indicate that 12-DHGD may protect against neuro-inflammation by inhibiting Akt/IKK/IκB/NF-κB pathway and promoting Nrf-2/HO-1 pathway.
Keywords: Ginger, 12-Dehydrogingerdione, Neuro-inflammation, Microglial cells, Signaling pathway

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