Silibinin attenuates silica dioxide nanoparticles-induced inflammation by suppressing TXNIP/MAPKs/AP-1 signaling

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Silibinin attenuates silica dioxide nanoparticles-induced inflammation by suppressing TXNIP/MAPKs/AP-1 signaling
J O Lim; N R Shin; Y S Seo; H H Nam; J W Ko; T Y Jung; S J Lee; H J Kim; Y K Cho; J C Kim; In Chul Lee; J S Kim; I S Shin
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Cells, vol. 9, pp. 678-678
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Silica dioxide nanoparticles (SiONPs) have been applied to several fields, such as drug delivery and gene therapy. However, SiONPs are a constituent of fine dust and can induce excessive inflammatory responses in the lungs via the airways. Silibinin, a major component of silymarin, has been known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In the present study, we explored the protective effects of silibinin against SiONPs-induced airway inflammation and explored its underlying mechanism of action, focusing on thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP)/mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) in vitro and in vivo. In SiONPs-stimulated NCI-H292 airway epithelial cells, silibinin treatment effectively suppressed the elevation of the mRNA expression of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-6, and IL-1β, which was accompanied by the reduction in the expression of TXNIP, MAPKs, and activator protein-1 (AP-1). In SiONPs-treated mice, silibinin administration inhibited the increase in inflammatory cell counts and proinflammatory mediators, and it alleviated airway inflammation by SiONPs exposure. In addition, silibinin administration effectively suppressed the elevation of TXNIP/MAPKs/AP-1 signaling by SiONPs exposure. Taken together, silibinin effectively inhibited SiONPs-induced inflammatory responses, and this effect was closely related to the inhibition of TXNIP/MAPK/AP-1 signaling. These results suggested that silibinin might be useful for reducing pulmonary inflammation induced by SiONPs.
activator factor-1airway inflammationmitogen-activated protein kinasesilibininsilica dioxide nanoparticlethioredoxin-interacting protein
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