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Mediators of Inflammation
Volume 2018, Article ID 4514329, 14 pages
Research Article

The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Shinbaro3 Is Mediated by Downregulation of the TLR4 Signalling Pathway in LPS-Stimulated RAW 264.7 Macrophages

1Jaseng Spine and Joint Research Institute, Jaseng Medical Foundation, Seoul 135-896, Republic of Korea
2College of Pharmacy, Natural Products Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742, Republic of Korea

Correspondence should be addressed to Hwa-Jin Chung; ten.liamnah@kcuddab and In-Hyuk Ha; moc.liamg@atahinah

Received 26 October 2017; Revised 11 January 2018; Accepted 29 January 2018; Published 5 April 2018

Academic Editor: Yona Keisari

Copyright © 2018 Hwa-Jin Chung 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.


Shinbaro3, a formulation derived from the hydrolysed roots of Harpagophytum procumbens var. sublobatum (Engl.) Stapf, has been clinically used in the pharamacopuncture treatment of arthritis in Korea. In the present study, Shinbaro3 inhibited NO generation in LPS-induced RAW 264.7 cells in a dose-dependent manner. Shinbaro3 also downregulated the mRNA and protein expression of inflammatory mediators in a dose-dependent manner. Three mechanisms explaining the effects of Shinbaro3 in RAW 264.7 cells were identified as follows: (1) inhibition of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1 and 2 (ERK1/2), stress-activated protein kinase (SAPK)/c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK), and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways; (2) suppression of IκB kinase-α/β (IKK-α/β) phosphorylation and nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) subunits in the NF-κB pathway, which are involved in MyD88-dependent signalling; and (3) downregulation of IFN-β mRNA expression via inhibition of interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF3) and Janus-activated kinase 1 (JAK1)/signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) phosphorylation, which is involved in TRIF-dependent signalling. Shinbaro3 exerted anti-inflammatory effects in LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophage cells through modulation of the TLR4/MyD88 pathways, suggesting that Shinbaro3 is a novel anti-inflammatory therapeutic candidate in the field of pharmacopuncture.