Glabridin alleviates inflammation and nociception in rodents by activating BKCa channels and reducing NO levels

Parlar A., Arslan S. O. , Çam S. A.

Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, cilt.43, sa.5, ss.884-897, 2020 (SCI Expanded İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 43 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1248/bpb.b20-00038
  • Dergi Adı: Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.884-897


© 2020 The Pharmaceutical Society of JapanInflammation, and the pain that accompanies it, is a natural response of the body. The licorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, anti-edematous, and anti-nociceptive effects of its extracts. The effective ingredient remains unidentified; however, one possibility is the unique isoflavone glabridin. The anti-nociceptive, and anti-inflammatory effects of glabridin and its possible mechanism with focus on the large conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (BKCa) channels and L-arginine-nitric oxide (NO) pathway were examined by using different tests. In order to determine the anti-edematous, anti-nociceptive, and anti-oxidative effects of glabradin, some tests such as the tail flick, hotplate, carrageenan-induced paw edema, air pouch, acetic-acid-induced writhing, formalin, and capsaicin tests, as well as toxicity and open field tests were made. Glabridin was administered to rats (n=8) or mice (n=8) for 3d at 3 doses (10, 20, and 40mg/kg). Glabridin inhibited cytokine production and showed an anti-nociceptive response via the activating of BKCa channels and downregulating NO level and partially transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 pathways. It also demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting cyclooxygenase (COX) activity, while showing no cytotoxicity. Glabridin, however, showed no anti-nociceptive effect in the neurogenic phase. Glabridin is a promising substance in terms of its anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects by disrupting peripheral NO production, inhibiting cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) activation and activating BKCa channels and its lack of acute and subacute toxic effects.