Inhibition of mouse macrophages interleukin-12 production: Suppression of nuclear factor-κB binding activity by a specific factor isolated from Scapharca broughtonii

Hyun Kim Seung, Tae Sung Kim, Woo Lee June, Wan H. Jung, Soo Park Nae, Jung Lee Hyo, Cheol Yoo Jin

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Pharmacological inhibition of interleukin-12 (IL-12) production may allow a therapeutic strategy for preventing development and progression of disease in experimental models of autoimmunity. In this study we investigated the effects of an ethanol fraction of the Scapharca broughtonii, on the production of IL-12 by mouse macrophages stimulated with lipopolysaccharides (LPS). The ethanol fraction (S3) prepared from Scapharca broughtonii potently inhibited LPS-induced IL-12 production in the RAW264.7 monocyte cell-line in a dose-dependent manner. The activation effect of the ethanol fraction (S3) on the IL-12 gene promoter was analyzed by transfecting RAW264.7 cells with IL-12 gene promoter/luciferase constructs. The repressive effect mapped to a region in the IL-12 gene promoter that contained a binding site for NF-κB. Furthermore, activation of macrophages by LPS resulted in markedly enhanced binding activity to the NF-κB site, which significantly decreased upon addition of the ethanol fraction, indicating that the ethanol fraction of the blood shell inhibited IL-12 production in LPS-activated macrophages via inhibition of NF-κB binding activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-354
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Pharmacal Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar 31



  • Blood shell
  • Interleukin-12
  • Macrophage
  • NF-κB
  • RAW264.7 cell
  • Scapharca broughtonii

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Pharmacology

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