Isoliquiritigenin Inhibits IL-1β-Induced Production of Matrix Metalloproteinase in Articular Chondrocytes.
Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2018 Jun 15 ;9:153-159. Epub 2018 Feb 15. PMID: 29766025
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major joint disease in which inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play a pivotal role. Isoliquiritigenin has been reported to have anti-inflammation activity. In this study, the effect of isoliquiritigenin on IL-1β-induced production of matrix metalloproteinase and nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) activation was analyzed. We treated primary cultured articular chondrocytes with isoliquiritigenin and the expressions of MMPs were analyzed on mRNA and protein level. The phosphorylation of IκBa and p65 was analyzed to detect NF-κB activation. We also usedmodel by treating mice with isoliquiritigenin and detecting the level of MMPs. IL-1β induced NF-κB activation and MMP-1, MMP-3, MMP-9, MMP-13, a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs (ADAMTS)-4 and ADAMTS-5 production on chondrocytes. A 10-μM isoliquiritigenin treatment significantly inhibited IL-1β-induced NF-κB activation and these MMPs production on chondrocytes. Injecting isoliquiritigenin into rat knee joint also inhibited IL-1β-induced NF-κB activation and MMPs production in articular cartilage. Isoliquiritigenin treatment inhibited IL-1β-induced MMPs production and NF-κB activation bothand, suggesting a potential therapeutic role of isoliquiritigenin to treat osteoarthritis.