NLRP3, one of the HSP-90 clients, has been defined as a critical component of IBD. In a rat model of DSS-induced colitis, we investigated the anti-inflammatory potential of the combined therapy with CP-456773 (CP), an NLRP3 inhibitor, and celastrol (CSR), an NF-κB inhibitor. Our results revealed that the CSR/CP combined therapy (CCCT) attenuated colon shortening, DAI and MDI in addition to improvement of the colonic histological picture. Moreover, the CCCT increased the antioxidant defense machinery of the colonic tissue and decreased MPO activity. Furthermore, the inflammation markers such as TNF-α and IL-6 were downregulated. These effects might be attributed to the inhibitory effect of CSR on the priming step of the NLRP3 inflammasome activation by interrupting NF-κB signalling and inhibition of HSP-90 (at the protein and mRNA levels) along with inhibitory effect of CP on the expression of the NLRP3. These latter effects resulted in decreased tissue expression and activity of the caspase-1 and repressing the subsequent release of the active forms of IL-1β and IL-18, hence, the pyroptosis process is restrained. Additionally, the CCCT resulted in inducing autophagy by AMPK/mTOR-dependent mechanisms leading to the accumulation of BECN1 protein and a significant decrease in the levels of p62 SQSTM1. The inhibitory effect on HSP-90 in conjunction with induction of autophagy suggest increased autophagic degradation of NLRP3. This novel approach provides a basis for the clinical application of this combination in IBD treatment and might also be promising for the pharmacological intervention of other NLRP3 inflammasome-dependent inflammatory conditions. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.