Life Sci. 2020 Aug 12:118260. Epub 2020 Aug 12. PMID: 32795541
Epigallocatechin gallate diminishes cigarette smoke-induced oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, and inflammation in human bronchial epithelial cells.
Cigarette smoke (CS), the major risk factor of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), contains numerous free radicals that can cause oxidative stress and exaggerated inflammatory responses in the respiratory system. Lipid peroxidation which is oxidative degradation of polyunsaturated fatty acids and results in cell damage has also been associated with COPD pathogenesis. Increased levels of lipid peroxidation as well as its end product 4-hydroxynonenal have indeed been detected in COPD patients. Additionally, reactive oxygen species such as those contained in CS can activate nuclear factor-κB signaling pathway, initiating cascades of proinflammatory mediator expression. As emerging evidence attests to the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of tea catechins, we sought to determine whether epigallocatechin gallate, the most abundant tea catechin, can provide protection against oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, and inflammatory responses caused by CS. We found that EGCG treatment blocked cigarette smoke extract (CSE)-induced oxidative stress as indicated by decreased production and accumulation of reactive oxygen species in airway epithelial cells (AECs). Likewise,lipid peroxidation in CSE-stimulated AECs was suppressed by EGCG. Our findings further suggest that EGCG sequestered 4-hydroxynonenal and interfered with its protein adduct formation. Lastly, we show that EGCG inhibited nuclear factor-κB activation and the downstream expression of proinflammatorymediators. In summary, our study describing the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of EGCG in CSE-exposed AECs provide valuable information about the therapeutic potential of this tea catechin for COPD.