Rheumatology International

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 225–233 | Cite as

Alpha-lipoic acid suppresses the development of collagen-induced arthritis and protects against bone destruction in mice

  • Eun Young Lee
  • Chang-Keun Lee
  • Ki-Up Lee
  • Joong Yeol Park
  • Kyung-Ja Cho
  • You Sook Cho
  • Hee Ran Lee
  • Se Hwan Moon
  • Hee-Bom Moon
  • Bin Yoo
Original Article



To test the ability of alpha-lipoic acid (LA) to attenuate the development of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) in mice.


Mice were divided into three groups and treated with intraperitoneal administration of LA (10 or 100 mg/kg) or placebo. Clinical, histologic, and biochemical parameters were assessed. Human synovial fibroblasts and peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cocultured in various concentrations of LA to evaluate the effects on osteoclastogenesis.


LA was associated with a dose-dependent reduction of CIA, as well as preventing bone erosion and destructive changes. Intracellular reactive oxygen species in lymphocytes obtained from inguinal lymph nodes, which was significantly higher in CIA than control mice, was significantly reduced in CIA by LA. The concentrations of TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6 in the paws, and synovial NF-κB binding, all of which were markedly higher in CIA than control mice, were reduced by treatment with LA. In addition, LA inhibited the formation of human osteoclasts in vitro.


Amelioration of joint disease by LA was associated with reduction in oxidative stress, as well as inhibition of inflammatory cytokine activation and NF-κB DNA binding activity. Moreover, LA inhibited bone destruction in vivo and osteoclastogenesis in vitro. Collectively, these results indicate that LA may be a new adjunctive therapy for rheumatoid arthritis.


Alpha-lipoic acid Rheumatoid arthritis Collagen-induced arthritis Reactive oxygen species NF-κB Osteoclast 



This work was supported by institutional grant from Asan Institute for Life Science (2003-330), Seoul, Korea. We thank S.K. Park and S.K. Lee (Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea) for the technical support on EMSA. We are grateful to J.R. Kim (Asan Institute for Life Science, Seoul, Korea) for animal care.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eun Young Lee
    • 1
  • Chang-Keun Lee
    • 1
  • Ki-Up Lee
    • 2
  • Joong Yeol Park
    • 2
  • Kyung-Ja Cho
    • 3
  • You Sook Cho
    • 1
  • Hee Ran Lee
    • 4
  • Se Hwan Moon
    • 4
  • Hee-Bom Moon
    • 1
  • Bin Yoo
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Allergy and Rheumatology, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical CenterSeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical CenterSeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of PathologyUniversity of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical CenterSeoulRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Asan Institute for Life ScienceSeoulRepublic of Korea

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