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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 736895, 7 pages
Research Article

Antinociceptive and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Total Alkaloid Extract from Fumaria capreolata

1CIBER-EHD, Department of Pharmacology, ibs. GRANADA, Center for Biomedical Research (CIBM), University of Granada, Avenida del Conocimiento, S/N, Armilla, 18100 Granada, Spain
2Laboratory of Plant Biotechnology and Ethnobotany, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Life, University of Bejaia, 06000 Bejaia, Algeria

Received 29 April 2015; Revised 3 August 2015; Accepted 4 August 2015

Academic Editor: Hajime Nakae

Copyright © 2015 Noureddine Bribi 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.


Fumaria capreolata is used in traditional medicine in North Africa for its gastrointestinal and anti-inflammatory activities. The present study investigates the effects of total alkaloids extracted from the aerial parts of Fumaria capreolata (AFC) on LPS-induced production of proinflammatory mediators (IL-6, IL-1β, iNOS, TNF-α, COX-2, and MIP-2) in RAW264.7 cells. AFC significantly reduced the inflammatory response inhibiting the production of nitric oxide (NO) and IL-6 in a dose-dependent manner, without affecting the viability of cells, and downregulated mRNA expression of proinflammatory key players: IL-6, IL-1β, iNOS, TNF-α, and COX-2. AFC antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory properties were also evaluated on the acetic acid- and formalin-induced pain models in mice. AFC oral administration significantly inhibited acetic acid-induced writhes and reduced formalin-induced paw licking time. Therefore, AFC may be a potential candidate for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, such as colitis and arthritis.