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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 106041, 7 pages
Research Article

The Effects of Pterostilbene on Neutrophil Activity in Experimental Model of Arthritis

1Institute of Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska Cesta 9, 841 04 Bratislava, Slovakia
2Institute of Biophysics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i., Kralovopolska 135, 612 65 Brno, Czech Republic
3Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i., Flemingovo Namesti 2, 166 10 Prague, Czech Republic

Received 10 July 2013; Accepted 25 August 2013

Academic Editor: Fausto Catena

Copyright © 2013 Tomas Perecko et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


It has been demonstrated that pterostilbene inhibits reactive oxygen species production in neutrophils in vitro. However, little is known about its effects on neutrophils during inflammation in vivo. In this study, the effect of pterostilbene on neutrophil activity was investigated in experimental arthritis model. Lewis rats were injected by a single intradermal injection of heat-killed Mycobacterium butyricum in Freund’s adjuvant to develop arthritis. Another group of arthritic animals received pterostilbene 30 mg/kg, daily, p.o. The number and activity of neutrophils in blood were measured on a weekly basis during the whole experiment. Moreover, the total radical trapping potential in plasma was measured at the end of the experiment. In the pterostilbene treated arthritic group, the treatment significantly lowered the number of neutrophils in blood on days 14 and 21 without significant downregulation of neutrophil oxidative burst. Pterostilbene nonsignificantly increased total radical trapping potential in arthritic animals. These results indicate that the promising effects of pterostilbene on reactive oxygen species operate by different mechanisms in vitro and in the animal model of inflammation. In conclusion, the positive effects of pterostilbene in the model of arthritis may be attributed to regulation of neutrophil number.