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Anti-inflammatory properties of an oxidized sterol.

A polar photoproduct of cholesterol oxidation, 7-ketocholesterol, was able to inhibit in a dose-dependent manner the mouse ear-swelling response to irritants such as croton oil or cantharidin. Its anti-inflammatory properties were much less than equivalent concentrations of hydrocortisone, but the oxidized sterol did not induce any systemic effects (as measured by thymolytic activity), as did topical hydrocortisone. It is concluded that 7-ketocholesterol has weak anti-inflammatory activity, and its mode of action may be different from that of glucocorticoids.[1]


  1. Anti-inflammatory properties of an oxidized sterol. Gaspari, A.A., Rietschel, R.L. J. Invest. Dermatol. (1985) [Pubmed]
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