Sunday, December 31, 2006

Bee Venom May be Useful in Treating Neurodegenerative Diseases

Effect of Honey Bee Venom on Microglial Cells Nitric Oxide and Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha Production Stimulated by LPS
Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2006 Nov 15

Abnormal activation of microglial cells has been implicated in various neurodegenerative diseases. Results showed that venom (KBV) produced and purified in Korea regulated lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-induced nitric oxide (NO) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) in the murine microglia, BV-2 cell line…

These results suggest that KBV has anti-inflammatory properties that inhibit iNOS and TNF-alpha expression. KBV could be useful in inhibiting the production of inflammatory cytokine and NO production in neurodegenerative diseases. Further studies on the pharmacological aspects of the individual components of KBV are recommended.

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