In vitro and in vivo assessment of inhibitory effect of stevioside on pro-inflammatory cytokines

Document Type : Short communication


1 Department of Companion Animal Clinical Science, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand

2 Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

3 Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand


Objective: Stevioside is a natural non-caloric sweetener which has been reported to have anti-inflammatory activity.  The aim of  the present study was to examine in vitro and in vivo effects of  stevioside on rats  plasma levels of tumor necrosis factor- α (TNF-α),  interleukin-1β (IL-1β), TNF-α and IL-1β release from lipopolysaccharide(LPS)-stimulated rat peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). 

Materials and Methods: Male wistar rats weighing between 170-220 g were given stevioside (0, 500 and 1000 mg/kg BW/day) for 6 weeks. Mononuclear cells were separated from peripheral blood samples.  TNF-α and IL-1β levels in plasma and the release of TNF-α and IL-1β from PBMCs were determined using rat enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits. 

Results:  Plasma levels of TNF-α and IL-1β were found to be non-detectable in control and groups treated with 500 and 1000 mg/kg of stevioside.  Regarding TNF-α release from LPS-stimulated    PBMCs, rats that were orally fed with 500 and 1000 mg/kg of stevioside were significantly different (p<0.05) from those in LPS-treated control group (186.8+18.6 and 151.4 + 15.4 vs 248.6+21.4 pg/ml).  Additionally, IL-1β levels in rats treated with 500 and 1000 mg/kg of stevioside were significantly different (p<0.05) from those in LPS-treated control group (220.0+12.1 and 158.1 + 22.6 vs 294.4+16.1 pg/ml). 

Conclusion:  Consumption of stevioside has an inhibitory effect on the release of TNF-α and IL-1β from LPS-stimulated PBMCs in rats.


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