Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions of morin and cyclosporin

Shih Hua Fang*, Yu Chi Hou, Pei Dawn Lee Chao

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Morin is a flavonoid present in mulberry and herbs. We have reported that morin exerted anti-inflammatory activity on the activated macrophages. Cyclosporin (CsA) is a potent immunosuppressive agent with narrow therapeutic range, which is widely used for the treatments of autoimmune diseases and transplantation rejection. This study aimed to measure the effects of morin on the disposition of CsA in lymphoid and non-lymphoid tissues, and on the functions of immune cells in mice. CsA (Neoral, 10 mg/kg) was orally administered with and without a concomitant dose of morin (0, 50, 100, 200 mg/kg) to mice once daily for 2 weeks. CsA concentrations in blood, liver, kidney, and spleen were determined by a specific monoclonal fluorescence polarization immunoassay. The decreased levels of CsA in tissues were found well correlated to increased doses of morin. The coadministration of 200 mg/kg morin significantly decreased CsA in blood, liver, kidney, and spleen by 33%, 17%, 38%, and 45%, respectively. On the other hand, coadministration of morin decreased dramatically the nitric oxide production by the activated macrophages when compared to CsA treatment alone. Moreover, morin maintained the level of CsA-suppressed T helper 1 (Th1) type cytokine, although the CsA concentration in spleen was markedly reduced. In conclusion, morin coadministration profoundly reduced CsA concentration but did not significantly alter the CsA-suppressed Th1 immune response in mice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalToxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 15 05 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • B cells
  • Cyclosporin
  • Macrophages
  • Morin
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • T cells
  • Th1/Th2 cytokines


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