Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of polyphenols extracted from Antirhea borbonica medicinal plant on adipocytes exposed to Porphyromonas gingivalis and Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharides

Pharmacol Res. 2017 May:119:303-312. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2017.02.020. Epub 2017 Feb 27.


In obesity, gut microbiota LPS may translocate into the blood stream and then contribute to adipose tissue inflammation and oxidative stress, leading to insulin resistance. A causal link between periodontal infection, obesity and type 2 diabetes has also been suggested. We evaluated the ability of polyphenols from Antirhea borbonica medicinal plant to improve the inflammatory and redox status of 3T3-L1 adipocytes exposed to LPS of Porphyromonas gingivalis periodontopathogen or Escherichia coli enterobacteria. Our results show that LPS enhanced the production of Toll-like receptor-dependent MyD88 and NFκB signaling factors as well as IL-6, MCP-1, PAI-1 and resistin. Plant polyphenols reduced LPS pro-inflammatory action. Concomitantly, polyphenols increased the production of adiponectin and PPARγ, known as key anti-inflammatory and insulin-sensitizing mediators. Moreover, both LPS increased intracellular ROS levels and the expression of genes encoding ROS-producing enzymes including NOX2, NOX4 and iNOS. Plant polyphenols reversed these effects and up-regulated MnSOD and catalase antioxidant enzyme gene expression. Noticeably, preconditioning of cells with caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid or kaempferol identified among A. borbonica major polyphenols, led to similar protective properties. Altogether, these findings demonstrate the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of A. borbonica polyphenols on adipocytes, in response to P. gingivalis or E. coli LPS. It will be of major interest to assess A. borbonica polyphenol benefits against obesity-related metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance in vivo.

Keywords: Adipocytes; LPS; antioxidants; inflammation; oxidative stress; plant polyphenols.

MeSH terms

  • 3T3-L1 Cells
  • Adipocytes / drug effects*
  • Adipocytes / immunology
  • Adipocytes / microbiology
  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / chemistry
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / isolation & purification
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / pharmacology*
  • Antioxidants / chemistry
  • Antioxidants / isolation & purification
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology*
  • Bacteroidaceae Infections / drug therapy
  • Bacteroidaceae Infections / immunology
  • Bacteroidaceae Infections / microbiology
  • Escherichia coli / immunology*
  • Escherichia coli Infections / drug therapy
  • Escherichia coli Infections / immunology
  • Escherichia coli Infections / microbiology
  • Inflammation / drug therapy
  • Inflammation / immunology
  • Inflammation / microbiology
  • Lipopolysaccharides / immunology*
  • Mice
  • Oxidative Stress / drug effects
  • Plants, Medicinal / chemistry
  • Polyphenols / chemistry
  • Polyphenols / isolation & purification
  • Polyphenols / pharmacology*
  • Porphyromonas gingivalis / immunology*
  • Rubiaceae / chemistry


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Lipopolysaccharides
  • Polyphenols