Anethole ameliorates inflammation induced by monosodium urate in an acute gouty arthritis model via inhibiting TLRs/MyD88 pathway

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Yuepeng Cao
Qin Zhong
Fang Tang
Xueming Yao
Zhengqi Liu
Xiaodong Zhang


acute gouty arthritis, anethole, inflammation, monosodium urate, TLRs/MyD88 pathway


Objective: To assess the effects of anethole on monosodium urate (MSU)-induced inflammatory response, investigate its role in acute gouty arthritis (AGA), and verify its molecular mechanism.

Methods: Hematoxylin and eosin staining assay and time-dependent detection of degree of ankle swelling were performed to assess the effects of anethole on joint injury in MSU-induced AGA mice. Enzyme-linked-immunosorbent serologic assay was performed to demonstrate the production levels of inflammatory factors (interleukin 1β [IL-1β], interleukin 6 [IL-6], interleukin 8 [IL-8], tumor necrosis factor α [TNF-α], and monocyte chemo-attractant protein-1 [MCP-1]) in MSU-induced AGA mice. Western blot assays were used to confirm the effects of anethole on oligomerization domain-like receptor family pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome activity and the activation of toll-like receptors (TLRs)–myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) pathway in MSU-induced AGA mice.

Results: We observed that a significant joint injury occurred in MSU-induced AGA mice. Anethole could alleviate the pathological injury of the synovium in MSU-induced AGA mice and suppressed ankle swelling. In addition, we observed that anethole could inhibit MSU-induced inflammatory response and inflammasome activation in MSU-induced AGA mice. Moreover, we discovered that anethole enabled to inhibit the activation of TLRs/MyD88 pathway in MSU-induced AGA mice. Our findings further confirmed that anethole contributed to the inhibitory effects on progression in MSU-induced AGA mice.

Conclusion: It confirmed that anethole ameliorated the MSU-induced inflammatory response in AGA mice in vivo via inhibiting TLRs–MyD88 pathway.

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