Anti-inflammatory effect of Rosa laevigata extract on in vitro and in vivo model of allergic asthma via the suppression of IgE and related cytokines

  • Seung-Hyeon Lee
  • Seung-Han Choi
  • In-Seung Lee
  • Yumi Kim
  • Eun-Jin An
  • Hyeung-Jin JangEmail author
Original Article



Exposure to a toxic stress environment leads to excessive inflammatory reactions and induces allergic asthma resulting in airway hyper-responsiveness. We investigated whether Rosa laevigata Michx. (RL) exhibits anti-inflammatory effects related allergic asthma in both an in vitro and in vivo studies.


To investigate the preventive effect of RL, A549 cells were pretreated with non-toxic doses of RL (500, 1000 μg/mL) and induced by epidermal growth factor (EGF) (10 ng/mL). First, we evaluated cytotoxicity via a MTT assay. The inhibitory effects of NF-κB activity and COX-2 expression were confirmed by a western blot assay. In the in vivo study, BALB/c mice were challenged with regard to ovalbumin via an intraperitoneal injection of RL (50, 100 mg/kg) and were killed to collect bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, lung tissues and blood serum. The number of inflammatory cells, the secretion of IgE and related cytokines were monitored by ELISA and multiplex assays.


RL significantly suppressed NF-κB activity and COX-2 expression levels in EGF-induced A549 cells. In a chronic inflammation mice model, pretreatment of RL attenuated allergic airway inflammation by reducing inflammatory cells, the secretion of IgE and related cytokines in a dose-dependent manner.


The results of this study present the possibility of RL as a therapeutic agent for allergic asthma patients via the suppression of IgE and related cytokines.


Rosa laevigata Nuclear factor kappa B IgE Cytokines Asthma Inflammation 



This study was supported by the Traditional Korean Medicine R&D program funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) (HI15C0171 and HI19C0544010019).

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Conflict of interest

Seung-Hyeon Lee, Seung-Han Choi, In-Seung Lee, Yumi Kim, Eun-Jin An and Hyeung-Jin Jang declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and animal rights

All experimental procedures were approved by Kyung Hee University institutional animal care of use committee (Approval No. KHUASP(SE)-17-090) and performed in compliance with KHU Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seung-Hyeon Lee
    • 1
    • 2
  • Seung-Han Choi
    • 1
    • 3
  • In-Seung Lee
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yumi Kim
    • 1
    • 2
  • Eun-Jin An
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hyeung-Jin Jang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Korean MedicineKyung Hee UniversitySeoul, Dongdaemun-guRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Science in Korean Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Graduate SchoolKyung Hee UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Biological Science in Korean Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Graduate SchoolKyung Hee UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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