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Effects of Quercetin Treatment on Epithelium-derived Cytokines and Epithelial Cell Apoptosis in Allergic Airway Inflammation Mice Model


Quercetin is a dietary flavonoid which has anti-inflammatory effects. This study aimed to evaluate the influence of quercetin on histopathological aspects and airway epithelium in  allergic airway  inflammation mice model. Twenty-eight BALB/c mice were randomly divided into four groups: Group I (control), Group II (untreated mice with allergic airway inflammation), Group III (allergic airway inflammation quercetin-treated [16mg/kg/day]), Group IV (allergic airway inflammation dexamethasone-treated [1mg/kg/day]). Ovalbumin was administered intraperitoneally and via inhalation to achieve allergic airway inflammation mice model and treatments were also given intraperitoneally. Epithelium thickness, subepithelial smooth muscle thickness, number of mast and goblet cells, and basement membrane thickness were examined on samples isolated from lung. Immunohistochemical evaluationof lung tissues was performed using  IL-25, IL-33, thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick endlabeling (TUNEL) and cysteine-dependent aspartate-specific proteases(caspase)-3 antibodies. IL-4, IL-25, IL-33, TSLP were quantified in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and OVAspecific IgE levels was measured in serum by standard ELISA protocols. IL-25, IL-33, thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) and cysteine-dependent aspartate-specific proteases (caspase)-3. Quercetin treatment led to lower epithelial thickness, subepithelial smooth muscle thickness, goblet and mast cell numbers compared to untreated  mice with allergic airway inflammation (p<0.05). However, quercetin treatment was not effective on improving basal membane thickness. Immunohistochemical scores of IL-25, IL-33, TSLP, caspase-3 and TUNEL were lower in quercetin-treated mice  t compared to untreated mice with allergic airway inflammation (p<0.05). IL-4, IL-25, IL-33, TSLP levels in BAL and OVA-specific IgE in serum were lower in quercetin treated mice compared to untreated mice (p<0.05). These findings suggest that quercetin improves chronic histopathological changes except basal membrane thickness in lung tissue and its beneficial effects on inflammation might be related to modulating epithelium derived cytokines and epithelial apoptosis.

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Allergic airway inflammation Antiinflammatory effects Mouse model Quercetin

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Caglayan Sozmen S, Karaman M, Cilaker Micili S, Isik S, Bagriyanik A, Arikan Ayyildiz Z, Uzuner N, Anal O, Karaman O. Effects of Quercetin Treatment on Epithelium-derived Cytokines and Epithelial Cell Apoptosis in Allergic Airway Inflammation Mice Model. Iran J Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2017;15(6):487-497.