Zhonghua Min Guo Wei Sheng Wu Ji Mian Yi Xue Za Zhi. 1993 Feb; 26(1): 15-24.
[The influence of Chinese traditional medicine on the production and activity of interleukin 1 (IL-1)]
Department of Internal Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Interleukin 1 (IL-1) is a cytokine closely related to the pathogenesis of inflammation and chronic destructive changes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Analysis of the effect of antirheumatic drugs on IL-1 production and activity is of great importance in exploring the therapeutic mechanism of RA. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of Chinese herbs (10 prescription and 15 single drugs), which was often used in the treatment of RA, on the production and activity of IL-1. The production of IL-1 was tested through human monocytes stimulated with zymosan and measured by ELISA method; the activity of IL-1 was measured by its effect on the proliferation of murine thymocytes. The results showed that Tripterygium Wilfordii Hook, Tripterygil Hyhoglauci Tetrandrine significantly inhibited both of IL-1 production and IL-1 activity; while Aconiti Tuber, Ephedrae Herba, Atractyloidis Rhizoma, Atractyloidis Lanceae Rhizoma, Ledebouiellae Radix slightly inhibited IL-1 activity but not affecting IL-1 production. The ten prescriptions had no inhibitory effect on both of IL-1 production and IL-1 activity.