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Rutin has anti-asthmatic effects in an ovalbumin-induced asthmatic mouse model

Hong-yan Lv
Jing Chen
Ting Wang


Purpose: To investigate the anti-asthmatic effects of the flavonoid rutin in an ovalbumin (OVA)-induced asthmatic mouse model.

Methods: Asthma was induced by OVA induction. Effects of rutin (25–100 mg/kg BW) on interleukins (IL)-4, IL-5, and IL-13 and interferon (IFN)-γ in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and serum OVAspecific IgE levels were assessed by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) was measured by determining lung compliance and airway resistance. Expression levels of p-I-κBα, p-NF-κB p65, TNF-α, and Foxp3 were also assessed. The CD4+ CD25+ Foxp3+ T regulatory cell population was determined by flow cytometry.

Results: Rutin significantly (p < 0.05) decreased Th2 cytokines (IL-4, IL-5, IL-13), whereas it enhanced IFN-γ levels in BALF. Decreased OVA-specific serum IgE was also observed with improved lung histology. Rutin was effective in reducing AHR and regulating the expression levels of p-I-κBα, p-NF-κB p65, and TNF α, and also increased the CD4+ CD25+ Foxp3+ Treg cell population and Foxp3 mRNA and protein levels.

Conclusion: Rutin effectively suppresses OVA-induced asthma and improves airway function by suppressing inflammatory mediators and inflammatory cell infiltration.

Keywords: Asthma, CD4+ CD25+, Cytokines, Inflammation, Ovalbumin, Rutin, Protein levels