Inhibition of hypoxia-induced cyclooxygenase-2 by Korean red ginseng is dependent on peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma

Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) is a traditional herbal medicine made by steaming and drying fresh ginseng. It strengthens the endocrine and immune systems to ameliorate various inflammatory responses. The cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)/prostaglandin E2 pathway has important implications for inflammation responses and tumorigenesis. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) is a transcription factor that regulates not only adipogenesis and lipid homeostasis but also angiogenesis and inflammatory responses.