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Targeting Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases by Natural Products: A Novel Therapeutic Approach for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

[ Vol. 21 , Issue. 13 ]


Mehdi Zobeiri, Saeideh Momtaz, Fatemeh Parvizi, Devesh Tewari, Mohammad Hosein Farzaei* and Seyed M. Nabavi   Pages 1342 - 1353 ( 12 )


An increase in the prevalence of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) as a multifactorial intestinal chronic inflammation as well as the absence of a certain cure, has created an innovative era in the management of IBD by molecule/pathway-based anti-inflammatory approaches. There are credible documentations that demonstrate Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases (MAPK) acts as IBD regulator. Upon the activation of MAPK signalling pathway, the transcription and expression of various encoding inflammatory molecules implicated in IBD are altered, thereby exacerbating the inflammation development. The current pharmacological management of IBD, including drug and biological therapies are expensive, possess temporary relief and some adverse effects. In this context, a variety of dietary fruits or medicinal herbs have received worldwide attention versus the development of IBD. Infact, natural ingredients, such as Flavaglines, Fisetin, Myricitrin, Cardamonin, Curcumin, Octacosanol and Mangiferin possess protective and therapeutic effects against IBD via modulation of different segments of MAPK signaling pathway. This review paper calls attention to the role of MAPK signaling triggered by natural products in the prevention and treatment of IBD.


Natural product, IBD, MAPK, natural dietary supplement, ulcerative colitis, therapeutic target.


Internal Medicine Department, Imam Reza Hospital, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Medicinal Plants Research Center, Institute of Medicinal Plants, ACECR, Karaj, Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab 144 411, Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Applied Biotechnology Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran

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