Qian Chen

Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the effects and characteristics of Fuzheng Huayu recipe, a compound Chinese herbal medicine, and its decomposed therapies against hepatocyte apoptosis in mice with hepatic injury. A total of 50 male BALB/c mice were randomly divided into 5 groups: control group, untreated group, Fuzheng Huayu recipe group, Fuzheng recipe group and Huayu recipe group. Hepatocyte apoptosis in mice was induced by intraperitoneal injection of lipopolysaccharide (10 μg/kg) and galactosamine (900 mg/kg). The mice in drug-treated groups were administered with Fuzheng Huayu recipe, Fuzheng recipe and Huayu recipe by garbage respectively 3 days before injection of lipopolysaccharide and galactosamine. The mice were sacrificed 6 hours after the administration of lipopolysaccharide and galactosamine. The activities of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) and content of malondialdehyde (MDA) were examined by colorimetric method. Inflammation and necrosis in liver tissue were observed with hematoxylin-eosin staining. Hepatocyte apoptosis was determined by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick end labeling staining. Protein expression of tumor necrosis factor receptor type I (TNFR1) was analyzed with Western blotting. Expression of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) mRNA was analyzed with real-time fluorescent quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Compared with the untreated group, Fuzheng Huayu recipe, Fuzheng recipe and Huayu recipe attenuated hepatocyte apoptosis, decreased the serum ALT and AST activities and MDA content, and improved the SOD activity in liver tissues. Of the three groups, the effect of Fuzheng Huayu recipe group was the best, Fuzheng recipe group was better than Huayu recipe group. Compared with the untreated group, all drugs exerted good effects in decreasing TNF-α mRNA expression, and Fuzheng Huyu recipe was better than the others. The expression of TNFR1 protein in the untreated group was increased with the occurrence of hepatocyte apoptosis, however, only Fuzheng Huayu recipe decreased the elevated TNFR1 protein expression. Fuzheng recipe exerts a good effect in attenuating hepatocyte apoptosis in vivo, which has synergistic effects with Huayu recipe in attenuating hepatocyte apoptosis, and the potential mechanism is partially due to their different effects in alleviating oxidative stress in liver and down-regulating the expression of TNFR1 protein.
    Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine 01/2011; 9(1):57-63.
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    Yuan Chen · Qian Chen · Jing Lu · Feng-hua Li · Yan-yan Tao · Cheng-hai Liu ·
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    ABSTRACT: To explore the mechanism of Danggui Buxue Decoction (, DBD) on the liver fifibrosis related to hepatic lipid peroxidation and matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) -2/9 activities. The liver fifibrosis in 28 rats was induced by an injection of carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4)) and fed with high lipid and low protein diet for 6 weeks, the model rats were randomly divided into the model group and DBD treated group, 14 in each group, and another 10 rats as the normal group were observed as well. Rats in the DBD group were administered with DBD at the dose of 6 g/kg body weight for 6 weeks since CCl(4) intoxication. The hepatic inflammation and fibrosis were examined with HE and Sirius red stain. The liver function including serum alanine aminotransamine (ALT), aspartate transamine (AST), albumin (Alb) and total bilirubin (TBIL), liver triglyceride (TG) and malondialdehyde (MDA) contents, superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity were assayed. Hepatic hydroxyproline (Hyp) content was detected with Jamall's method. The alpha-SMA expression was analyzed by immunohistochemistry and the Western blot. Liver MMP-2 mRNA was analyzed with Real-time PCR, and MMP-2/9 activities were measured with gelatin zymography and in situ zymography. Compared with the normal group, the levels of ALT, AST and TBIL, the content of Hyp, TG and MDA were remarkably increased, the Alb content and SOD activity were signifificantly decreased in the model group (P<0.05), and higher levels of MMP-2 mRNA and MMP-2/9 activities (P<0.01), the hepatic fatty degeneration and collagen accumulation and fifibrosis at liver were observed. Compared with the model control, DBD group showed slighter hepatic fatty degeneration and collagen deposition, and had lower levels of ALT, AST and TBIL activities, lower contents of MDA, TG and Hyp, but higher SOD level and Alb content (P<0.05), and DBD also down-regulated MMP-2 mRNA expression and decreased MMP-2/9 activities in the fifibrotic livers (P<0.01). The action of DBD against liver fibrosis is related to prevent lipid peroxidation and inhibit MMP-2/9 activities in the fibrotic livers.
    Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine 12/2009; 15(6):435-41. DOI:10.1007/s11655-009-0435-y · 1.22 Impact Factor