C-glycosyl flavonoid orientin improves chemically induced inflammatory bowel disease in mice

Aning Sun, Gaiyan Ren, Chao Deng, Jingjing Zhang, Xiaoping Luo, Xiaojun Wu, Sridhar Mani, Wei Dou, Zhengtao Wang

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Orientin is a C-glycosyl flavonoid found abundantly in some fruits and herbs. The present study demonstrated that orientin (50 and 100 mg/kg/d) alleviated the severity of dextran sulphate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis in mice by decreasing the activity of myeloperoxidase (MPO) and the production of cytokines. Concomitant up-regulation of toll-like receptor (TLR)-after DSS exposure was associated with an increase in the activation of myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88), IL-receptor-associated kinase (IRAK)-1, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) p65, as well as the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) molecules (ERK1/2, JNK and p38), and this upregulation was reversed by orientin administration. Moreover, orientin inhibited the nuclear translocation of NF-kB p65, the activity of NF-kB-luciferase, and the expression of NF-kB target genes. These findings suggest that orientin attenuates experimental inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) via suppression of TLR4 and inactivation of NF-kB and MAPK pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-430
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Functional Foods
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • DSS-induced colitis
  • MAPK
  • NF-kB
  • Orientin
  • TLR4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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