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Front. Pharmacol. | doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.01123

Trans-Chalcone attenuates pain and inflammation in experimental acute gout arthritis in mice

  • 1Department of Pathology, Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil
  • 2Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Gouty arthritis is characterized by an intense inflammatory response to monosodium urate crystals (MSU), which induces severe pain and reduction in the life quality of patients. Trans-Chalcone (1,3-diphenyl-2-propen-1-one) is a flavonoid precursor presenting biological activities such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant proprieties. Thus, the aim of this work was to evaluate the protective effects of trans-Chalcone in experimental gout arthritis in mice. Mice were treated with trans-Chalcone (3, 10, or 30mg/kg, per oral) or vehicle (Tween 80 20% plus saline) 30 minutes before intra-articular injection of MSU (100 µg/knee joint, intra-articular). We observed that trans-Chalcone inhibited MSU-induced mechanical hyperalgesia, edema, and leukocyte recruitment (total leukocytes, neutrophils, and mononuclear cells) in a dose-dependent manner. Trans-Chalcone also decreased inflammatory cell recruitment as observed in Hematoxylin and Eosin (HE) staining and the intensity of fluorescence of LysM-eGFP+ cells in the confocal microscopy. Trans-Chalcone reduced MSU-induced oxidative stress as observed by an increase in the antioxidant defense [Glutathione (GSH), Ferric Reducing (FRAP), and 2,2’-Azinobis-3-ethylbenzothiazoline 6-sulfonic acid (ABTS assays) and reduction in reactive oxygen and nitrogen species production [superoxide anion (NBT assay) and nitrite (NO assay)]. Furthermore, it reduced in vivo MSU-induced interleukin- 1β (IL-1β), Tumor necrosis factor- α (TNF-α), and IL-6 production, and increased Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) production. Importantly, trans-Chalcone reduced nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) activation and thereby the mRNA expression of the inflammasome components Nlrp3 (cryopyrin), Asc (apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a CARD), Pro-caspase-1 and Pro-IL-1. In vitro, trans-Chalcone reduced the MSU-induced release of IL-1β in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-primed macrophages. Therefore, the pharmacological effects of trans-Chalcone indicate its therapeutic potential as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory flavonoid for the treatment of gout.

Keywords: Trans-chalcone, joint pain, Gouty arthritis, Gout flare, Inflammation, Flavonoids, Natural Products, Rheumatic disease

Received: 16 Jun 2018; Accepted: 13 Sep 2018.

Edited by:

Annalisa Bruno, Università degli Studi G. d'Annunzio Chieti e Pescara, Italy

Reviewed by:

Soon Yew Tang, University of Pennsylvania, United States
Carole L. Wilson, Medical University of South Carolina, United States
Giustino Orlando, Università degli Studi G. d'Annunzio Chieti e Pescara, Italy  

Copyright: © 2018 Staurengo-Ferrari, Ruiz-Miyazawa, Pinho-Ribeiro, Fattori, Zaninelli, Badaro-Garcia, Borghi, Carvalho, Alves-Filho, Cunha, Cunha, Casagrande and Verri. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Waldiceu A. Verri, Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Department of Pathology, Londrina, 86051-990, Parana, Brazil,