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Eur J Med Res. 1998 Sep 17;3(9):407-12.

Antiinflammatory effects of euclyptol (1.8-cineole) in bronchial asthma: inhibition of arachidonic acid metabolism in human blood monocytes ex vivo.

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  • 1Abteilung Pneumologie, Medizinische Universitäts-Poliklinik Bonn, Wilhelmstrasse 35-37, D-53111 Bonn, Germany. EurJMedRes@t-online.de

Abstract

Monoterpenes are prescribed to treat chronic obstructive airway disorders mainly because of their familiar secretolytic properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of 1.8-cineole (Soledum) on arachidonic acid (AA) metabolism in blood monocytes of patients with bronchial asthma. Patients with bronchial asthma (n = 10) and healthy test subjects (n = 12) were included in the study. Production of the representative AA-metabolites LTB4 and PGE2 from isolated monocytes stimulated with the calcium ionophore A23187 were measured ex vivo before therapy with 1.8-cineole (3 x 200 mg/day), after three days of treatment (day 4) and four days after discontinuation of 1. 8-cineole (day 8). The production of LTB4 and PGE2 from monocytes ex vivo was significantly inhibited on day 4 in patients with bronchial asthma (-40.3%, n = 10 and -31.3%, p = 0.1, n = 3 respectively) as well as in healthy volunteers (-57.9%, n = 12 and -42.7%, n = 8 respectively). In conclusion, 1.8-cineole was shown to inhibit LTB4 and PGE2, both pathways of AA-metabolism. Further studies are needed to show that 1.8-cineole is suitable in the treatment of bronchial asthma.

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9737886
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