Fluorine-Modified Rutaecarpine Exerts Cyclooxygenase-2 Inhibition and Anti-inflammatory Effects in Lungs

Chiming Lee, Jiahnhaur Liao, Seuhwa Chen, Chiaohan Yen, Yuchieh Lee, Shihhao Huang, Shengtung Huang, Chun Mao Lin, Vincent Hungshu Chang

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Inflammation is the first step that leads to inflammatory cell migration, cytokine release, and myofibroblast formation. Myofibroblasts can deposit excess amounts of extracellular matrix. Cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitor exhibits strong anti-inflammatory response; however, this is usually achieved with undesirable side effects. In this study, we demonstrated the effects of the fluorine-modified rutaecarpine (RUT), fluoro-2-methoxyrutaecarpine (F-RUT), in inflammatory damage in the lungs. Based on the results, F-RUT retained anti-inflammatory activity both in vitro and in vivo in lungs. Compared to the parent compound, F-RUT showed better COX-2 suppression as a COX-2-selective inhibitor with lower cytotoxicity, and enhanced molecular reactivity and biological activity. F-RUT was also observed to reduce reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and inflammatory infiltrating neutrophils in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated zebrafish and ovalbumin (OVA)/alum-challenged KLF-10-knockout mouse lungs, respectively. Furthermore, F-RUT ameliorated the respiratory function in OVA/alum-challenged BALB/c mice by maintaining the thickness of the blood-air barrier in mouse lungs. Overall, these data suggest that F-RUT may function as an effective therapeutic agent for inflammation-induced lung dysfunction, and a better selection for pharmaceutical purposes than conventionally used anti-inflammatory agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91
JournalFrontiers in Pharmacology
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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